By Umar Muhammad Puma
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it is amused by the interest the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has shown in the mode of election it has adopted for primaries to elect party candidates for the 2019 elections.
In a statement issued yesterday by the acting national publicity Secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, the party said the PDP who attack APC’s adoption of direct primaries particularly to elect its presidential candidate, has already conceded defeat even before the 2019 elections.
“With over 13 million registered APC members, coupled with a large section of non partisan Nigerian electorate supporting the President MuhammaduBuhari-led APC administration, it would seem that the PDP on account of its attack of APC’s adoption of direct primaries, particularly to elect its presidential candidate, has already conceded defeat even before the 2019 elections.
“We quite understand that the revolutionary and progressive idea of direct primaries to elect party candidates is strange to the PDP – a party known for its inability to ensure internal party democracy and actively promotes imposition of candidates against the will of its members.
The APC said the direct primaries adopted by the party is to ensure fairness; creates a level playing ground for contestants; eliminates corrupt tendencies usually associated with the delegates system and ultimately ensure full and direct participation of party members at all levels in the election of party candidates.
“The APC is a Progressive party and will continue to implement the change agenda promised to Nigerians. We urge Nigerians to continue their support as the President continues to rebuild and reposition the country”, it said.