- APC couldn’t wish away petitions of governorship aspirants.
- Aspirants demand direct primary.
Indications are showing that the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress is under pressure from the Presidency to reverse the indirect primary already ordered for the August 29 governorship primary in Kogi State.
iDONSABI gathered that the party’s top hierarchy was already reviewing the decision in the overall best interest of the party as many are not comfortable with the plan that could aid Yahaya’s Bello return as the party’s candidate for the next election.
Ths chances of Bello returning for the second term remains dicey as he battles to pay Salaries, pensions and other arrears which have been on the front burner.
Members of the National Working Committee (NWC) met on Wednesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital a few hours after Bello came to pick his Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms.
Despite the announcement made for Kogi, they are yet to decide on the mode of primary that will be applied for Bayelsa as the election of both states holds the day.
The decision of the party had been contested by about 20 governorship aspirants saying it would affect the fortunes of the party in the state.
They also demanded direct primary and for a caretaker committee to be raised due to litigation over the State Working Committee.
Speaking on the development, a member of the NWC in an interview with Punch noted that the complaints of the aggrieved aspirants had become major concerns.
“We are wary of the development because we don’t want a repeat of the Zamfara State experience where the party lost all its elective offices to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) due to a judgment of the Supreme Court that invalidated our primary.
“The decision is undergoing a review and we may come out with an option that will accommodate all interest groups within the party. The direct primary may be the way out but no decision has been taken yet.”
Another member who attended the meeting said the letter written by the aggrieved APC aspirants to the NWC could not be wished away.
“These are men who have paid their dues in the public sphere and politics, so we can’t just ignore their complaints.
“We felt it was important we look at the issues they raised on their merit. We are going to seek a legal review on the case said to be in court as to how it could affect the party.”