The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has adopted the indirect primary system for all elections in the state.
The party made this public after a stakeholders’ meeting held at the party’s state secretariat in Akure on Wednesday.
The party resolved that all its candidates for all elective posts in the 2019 general elections will emerge through indirect primary system.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, David Oloyelogun moved the motion for the adoption of the indirect primary system and was seconded by the chairman of the party in Owo Local Government Area of the state, Chief Sydney Ogunleye.
Chairman of the party in the state, Mr Ade Adetimehin who presided over the meeting which was attended by the state Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, his deputy, Mr Agboola Ajayi, members of the state’s Executive Council and members of the state House of Assembly, said the leadership of the party in the state took the decision in line with the party’s constitution.
Speaking with newsmen after the meeting, the senator representing Ondo central senatorial district, Tayo Alasoadura said the leadership of the party arrived at the decision to adopt indirect primary system after over four hours deliberation, saying that the indirect primary system would be beneficial to the party in the state.
According to him, direct primary could give room for manipulations and irregularities as non-members of the party could participate in the election, while indirect system would be thorough and fair.
“The constitution of the APC allows either direct or indirect primary system and as a party we have decided to adopt indirect primary system to ensure that the process that will produce our candidates in Ondo State will be fair and thorough,” he stated.
He added that many new members of the party do not have the party’s membership card to use for election if the party adopts direct primary system; hence the adoption of the indirect system which he said is less expensive to conduct.
Meanwhile, other factions of the party in the state led by Senator Ajayi Borofice has kicked against the decision of the party’s leadership, saying they erred as there was a pending suit challenging the composition of the party’s executive in the state.
Osun State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Mr Bola Ilori who spoke on behalf of the faction insisted that they are in support of the decision of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party.