ABUJA – Ahead of the Saturday’s convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari, the leadership of the party and governors elected on the party’s platform met on Thursday to fine-tune grey areas arising from the various primaries.

NEWS FLAGSHIP recalls that the primaries in some states like Zamfara, Imo, Adamawa, Enugu, Ogun, Zamfara, Bauchi and Abia were serious contentious and were either shifted, rescheduled or outrightly cancelled.

NEWS FLAGSHIP reports that all political parties are expected to submit the names of their candidates vying for various elective positions to the Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) by Sunday night.

But speaking to journalists after the meeting which lasted over three hours, the APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who likened the gathering to “a political clinic”, stated that the meeting was to find lasting solutions to areas that have naughty issues.

Oshiomhole said, “We met with various leaders, whoever has challenges. This is like the political clinic. We are in a situation room and it is normal that when you are carrying out a democratic exercise across the 36 states and the FCT, you are bound to have some challenges.

“First, for the FCT, I think there are some elements who believe that they can hijack the process and impose their personal preferences. We are trying to clean up our party’s internal democracy and eliminate corruption as much as we can, from the process and empower our party members to have a say and a decisive voice on who represents them or who flies the flag of the party.

“FCT is the capital of Nigeria. If we cannot do transparent election in FCT, then for me, it will be a sad day. We are trying to encourage democracy and if they don’t want democracy, they will have to look for ways of living outside the democratic space. The APC is determined to enforce all the rules of democracy in the FCT.

“The day was wasted because instead of going to vote they chose to go to APC office, sponsored people who wants to manipulate the process. I have told those who care to listen that my only purpose as chairman of the APC is to deepen those core values of democracy namely popular participation and give everyone a sense of ownership of happenings in the party.

Raising concerns on time frame necessary to get issues sorted out, Kebbi State governor, Alh Atiku Bagudu said, “The chairman said they are going to have NWC meeting and at the same time we are concerned. If we are not having candidates anywhere by the 7th of October, that automatically means we are not fielding candidates for the positions.

“It means if we don’t do primaries before the 7th then we might not be fielding any candidate for the general elections in 2019, so time is our number one enemy. We are working hard and faster to ensure that we get these things done so that we can be able to come for the convention on Saturday.”

Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Owelle Rochas Okoroacha, said he is hopeful that all contending issues will be resolved in time for the general election.

He said, “We will be able to sought out our own crisis as quickly as possible before the main elections. But, what is important is that despite our individual differences we still believe in the man, President Muhammadu Buhari.

“It is a fact that anytime anyone is angry we are able to resolve our issues before time. And that is why we believe we will remain together and president Buhari emerges the president the second time”.


Source: Leadership

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