JONAS EZIEKE, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress, APC, Caucus in the National Assembly has kicked against the adoption of Direct Primary mode of selection of candidates for elective positions in all the local government areas of the state in the ongoing primary election of the ruling party in the state.
The party caucus, which addressed a press conference on the matter on Tuesday in Abuja said that they fully participated in the meeting of the State Executive Committee of the party wherein the decision to adopt indirect primary for elective offices was taken due to the peculiarity of the state.
Leader of the Caucus Sen. Binta Masi Garba who leads eight members of the House of Reps that made up the caucus said that they were present and fully participated in the State Executive Committee meeting of the APC where the decision to adopt direct primary for election into all other elective positions in the state except the presidential election was taken.
According to the lawmakers, they are in agreement with the decision of the State Executives of the party on the adoption of indirect primary because Adamawa State has no updated register of members of the party and people who recently defected to the party may not be able to vote or be voted for if the present register is used.
The caucus leader and other members therefore argued that using the present register of members will certainly affect the credibility of the outcome of the primary election.The lawmakers also said that members of other political parties are bent on destroying the APC in Adamawa state and that it would certainly affect the credibility of the outcome of the primary election.
They also contended that Adamawa being one of the States having serious security challenges as a result of Book Haram attacks in the state cannot conduct peaceful election in some parts of the local governments in the northern part of the state especially in areas bordering Sambisa forest.
The nine lawmakers in a press their press statement also stated that the logistics involved in conducting the elections through the indirect mode in the state is quite cheaper compared to direct means.
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