APC Governors Meet In Abuja, Discuss National Convention, Zoning Arrangement, Direct Primary, Other Issues

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...Bagudu said that INEC’s decision to make it mandatory for political parties to elect their candidates for elective positions through direct primaries was undemocratic.

The majority of the governors who were elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress held a closed-door meeting on Sunday night in Abuja.

Those who met under the aegis of the Progressives Governors Forum were the host governor and chairman of the group, Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi; his counterparts from Kwara, Imo, Borno, Ebonyi, Lagos, and Zamfara.

Also in attendance were governors of Niger, Ogun, Cross River, Kogi, Nasarawa, Katsina, Plateau, Ekiti, Jigawa, and Kano states.

As of 10 pm, their counterparts from Osun, Yobe, Gombe, and Kaduna states were still being expected.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting was expected to, among other things, discuss the party’s forthcoming National Convention, its zoning arrangement, direct primary, and other issues.

The PGF at its meeting of. November 9 said that adopting direct primaries by political parties would overstretch the Independent National Electoral Commission.

National Assembly adopted Section 87 of the amended electoral bill currently awaiting the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari.

That section stipulates mandatory direct primaries for all political parties.

However, at PGF last meeting, Bagudu said that INEC’s decision to make it mandatory for political parties to elect their candidates for elective positions through direct primaries was undemocratic.

According to him, it will limit the parties' ability to choose their desired options.

Direct primaries involve the participation of all party members in the selection of candidates, while indirect primaries involve the use of delegates who are mostly leaders and executives at the ward, local government, and state levels to elect the party’s candidates at congress or convention.

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