The Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday agreed to adopt indirect primaries as a mode of electing party’s candidates in the coming elections, if the current consensus arrangement fails.
It would be recalled that on September 5, the party adopted consensus arrangement/direct primaries and subsequently picked consensus candidates for all elective positions in the state, a development which led to some dissenting voices.
However, at an expanded State Executive Committee (SEC) meeting of APC on today in Abeokuta, the party reversed its earlier decision and adopted indirect primaries.
Out of 111 members present at the SEC meeting, 109 unanimously adopted the review following a motion moved by APC Chairman, Sagamu Local Government, Segun Solarin and seconded former Ogun Assembly Speaker, Bolanle Gbeleyi.
With the review, Ogun APC now adopts consensus arrangement, but where it fails, the party will go for indirect primaries, the State APC Chairman, Derin Adebiyi said in a communique issued after the meeting.
Adebiyi who spoke alongside the National Financial Secretary of APC, Alhaji Tajudeen Bello explained the review becomes necessary because of some “stringent conditions which may sctuttle successful direct primaries.”
Bello agreed that direct primaries was no longer feasible.
While admitting that the aborted direct primaries has created crisis in the party, Adebiyi added that the review “was done for peace and harmony in the party.”
Adebiyi said, “5 days to primary elections, updated membership register from across wards of the state has not been availed the state chapter by national headquarters.
“That all the prerequisites for a credible, successful and violence free primary elections are absent.
“That the prevailing confusion has created opportunity for members of the opposition, unscrupulous elements and strange bedfellows to infiltrate the rank and file of genuine party members in the state.”
The State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun was absent at the meeting.
The Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga who was represented the Governor, commended the party for the review, saying the step will further unite the party.