Direct primaries have been supported by some of the aspirants of the All Progressives Congress in Kaduna state. They have also written a direct letter to the headquarters and leadership of the political party to ensure that the various candidates for the 2019 elections are decided by the process of direct primaries.
Sen. Shehu Sani, representing the Kaduna Central senatorial district has urged that the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiolomole adopt the direct primary mechanism in Kaduna just as the party earlier agreed. He also tweeted that indirect primaries is direct corruption. The group implied that the use of indirect primaries would be a ruse by Governor El-Rufai to punish party members not blindly loyal to him.
In a letter addressed to the party chairman, the aspirants said. “We the aspirants and stakeholders of the Kaduna STATE Chapter of our great party the All Progressives Congress (APC) present our best compliments to you and wish by this letter to inform Your Excellency of our collective decision to adopt DIRECT PRIMARIES as the preferred mode of nominating candidates at primary elections into all elective positions in the state.”
“We the undersigned are particularly in opposition to indirect primaries because of the weakening effects of its corruptive tendencies. The entire process begins and ends with vote buying. And, as it is always the case where the will of the general electorates are subverted, the best candidates for the tasks at hand never get recruited.”
“Our decision to adopt direct primaries in Kaduna State is the panacea to the deep fault lines and obstacles to building a strong virile, people-rooted APC. Direct primaries are the most assured means of throwing up the most popular candidates that will deliver Kaduna State for the APC come 2019,”
“Over the past three years, there had been a significant amount of disquiet In the camp of the APC resulting to a disturbing level as apathy end anomie now pervades the party as a result of the profound sense of marginalisation and, in some cases, outright exclusion which is experienced by many critical stakeholders as well as members of the party.
“The delegate system, otherwise called indirect primaries will rely on the whims and caprices of the few that now control the party after emerging from the ward, local government, and state congresses that have been widely rejected by party members as a sham.
“Hundreds of party members who bought forms with a view to vying for various wards, local governments, and state party executive positions were deliberately excluded from the process and in some Instances even intentionally blocked from submitting their forms. Nor were they even consulted ahead of the so-called processes of affirmation of officials of the party.”
“A great many of members of the party executives have been appointed to serve as campaign coordinators of Governor’s preferred candidates at various levels while those deemed to be sympathetic to the cause of the people other than the Governor have been shown the way out preferred candidates at various levels while those deemed to be sympathetic to the cause of the people other than the Governor have been shown the way out,” the aspirants explained.