No fewer than 20 governorship aspirants under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State have unanimously opposed the adoption of indirect primaries ahead of the November 16, 2019 gubernatorial elections.
Addressing the media on behalf of the aspirants, the senator representing Kogi East Senatorial District, Alex Kadiri said the adoption was a plot to favour the sitting governor, Yahaya Bello.
“Direct primaries remained the most transparent and credible process of electing popular candidates for the party.”
“We cannot afford to see our lovely state going down the drain by some selfish politicians, we have unanimously rejected any process other than direct primaries in electing those that will represent the party in the forthcoming governorship elections in 2019,” he said.
The Senator also warned that as the elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States nears that APC especially Kogi state chapter is divided and the party needs to be very careful. So the Primaries in Kogi State have to be direct primaries and we believe that indirect primaries will not be free and fair.
According to him, it was because of the division that made them to go to court and the case is still in court and we were not able to fast track that case the way it was done in Zamfara state and nobody should blame us for going to court because we believe we are right”.
“So we oppose Yahaya Bello’s method of doing primaries and we are saying that governorship primaries must be direct primaries, so, all the local government and members of APC will choose whoever they want”.
“We also expected the APC National Secretariat to do the needful because the man they brought as a Governor for Kogi people is not helping matters.
“They should set up an independent caretaker committee to go and run direct primaries in Kogi State. Civil servants are not being paid, state judges are being owned and with the level of unemployment in the state, the people are crying everywhere.”