National Convention, other issues: APC governors in closed-door meeting

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Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held a closed-door meeting on Sunday night in Abuja.

Meeting under the aegis of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) were the host governor and chairman of the group, Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi, his counterparts from Kwara, Imo, Borno, Ebonyi, Lagos and Zamfara.

Others were governors of Niger, Ogun, Cross River, Kogi, Nasarawa, Katsina, Plateau, Ekiti, Jigawa and Kano States.

As of 10:00 p.m., their counterparts from Osun, Yobe, Gombe and Kaduna States were still being expected.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was expected to, among other things, discuss the party’s forthcoming National Convention, its zoning arrangement, direct primary and others issues.

The PGF at its meeting of November 9, 2021 had said that adopting direct
primary election by political parties would overstretch the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

NAN reports that the National Assembly adopted Section 87 of the amended electoral bill currently awaiting the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari.

That section stipulates mandatory direct primary election for all political parties.

However, at PGF’s last meeting, the Chair, Bagudu, said that INEC’s decision to make it mandatory for political parties to elect their candidates for elective positions through direct primary election was undemocratic.

According to him, it would limit the parties’ ability to choose their desired options.

Direct primary election involve the participation of all party members in the selection of candidates, while indirect primary election involves the use of delegates who are mostly leaders and executives at the ward, local government and state levels to elect the party’s candidates at congresses or conventions.  (NAN)

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