The National Working Committee (NWC) and National Caucus of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will meet separately today in Abuja to decide on the mode of elections for the forthcoming Presidential, Senate, House of Representatives, Governorship and State House of Assembly Primaries, an insider source in the party told Daily Trust yesterday.
The Acting APC National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, confirmed that the two meetings would hold ahead of the meeting of the party’s second highest decision making organ, National Executive Committee (NEC) on Thursday.
He, however, declined to speak on the agenda of the meetings. “When we get there, we will know the agenda. Let’s meet, first of all, so that you will have full information,” Nabena said after revealing that the NEC meeting was shifted to Thursday from Wednesday because of Federal Executive Council (FEC).
But party sources said the NWC would have to agree on the mode of elections to be adopted at the primaries as party stakeholders were divided on the issue, especially after the Osun State Governorship Primary Election where the APC adopted direct method that allowed all card-carrying members to participate in the decision to produce the gubernatorial candidate.
The NWC decisions on the mode and timetable for the primaries, it was gathered, would be discussed at today’s caucus meeting before its endorsement at Thursday’s NEC.
“Apart from the timetable for primaries, the modes of election either direct or indirect primaries will come up. Those are the issues the party is dealing with now,” an informed party source said yesterday.
Daily Trust learnt that some key stakeholders within the party were not comfortable with the direct primary system as against indirect or delegates system that gave the responsibility of producing the party’s candidates in the hands of elected delegates.
The APC, under Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led NWC, had been adopting the indirect system to produce the party’s candidates for elections, before the coming of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who believed that direct system would curb the excesses of money bags politicians.