Lagos Primary: Confusion as APC unsettles over vote pattern

Posted by Grand News | 2 October 2018 | 732 times

Stakeholders of the All Progressives Party (APC) in Lagos rose from Monday’s Electoral Committee meeting ahead Tuesday’s governorship primaries in the state without agreeing on the pattern of election to adopt.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa made the disclosure to newsmen on Monday, after a meeting between the committee and state party stakeholders in Lagos.

NAN reports that the Chairman of the electoral committee, Mr Clement Ebri, led his team to the meeting which was also attended by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, the state party chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun and other party officials.

Obasa said that the disagreement stemmed from the insistence that the committee wanted the use of ballot papers for the primary as against the choice of open direct primary by the state stakeholders.

He said stakeholders in the state rejected the use of ballot papers, contending that it was not possible to train members on its use before the election.

Obasa said since the open direct primary system, where members queue behind their preferred aspirants was successfully used in the presidential primary in the state, it would also be suitable for the governorship primary.

“The meeting was held between members of the state House of Assembly and other stakeholders with the committee, and we were briefed about the coming primaries in the state.

“They told us that the directive from Abuja was that they should use ballot papers for the election.

“But we as stakeholders have rejected the idea because we have earlier informed our members on this.

“So, our consideration at the meeting was that if they aim to adopt the use of ballot papers, there is no time to train officials and party members on the new strategy the primary would follow.

“We told them that here in Lagos, we stand for open direct primary.

“We also told them that the presidential primary in the state was conducted in the same format.

He however said, the results of the primary held in some parts of the state would be cancelled.

Similarly, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, Lagos Chairman of APC, told newsmen late Monday, that the primary would finally hold Tuesday.

Balogun said the format would be option A4, where voters queue behind the photographs of their preferred aspirants.

According to him, accreditation starts by 9 and ends by noon, while voting starts immediately after.

Party officials will be expecting to pick the flag bearer of state between incumbent governor, Akinwunmi Ambode and Jide Sanwo-Olu, a former commissioner in the state.

Source: Grand News

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