Due to crisis from the shabby and opaque primaries conducted by the ruling party across the Federation, President Mohammed Buhari has moved to prevent possible defections from the party based on this issues. The top leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) aims to meet on Tuesday to take a final look at their final list of candidate for the 2019 elections with a plan to carry out last-minute substitutions.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has set the deadline for the final submission of candidates on Thursday. This is to enable political parties to carry out their final substitution of candidates.
The APC primaries at the federal level has been marred by different controversies in many states across the nation, with the problem pronounced in Bauchi, Jigawa, Adamawa, Imo, Ondo, Kebbi, Ogun and Kano states.
This situation inevitably pitted the National Working Committee members against some of the governors who cried foul against the shoddy primaries conducted in their states. They pointed accusing fingers at the NWC claiming they only catered to the wishes of some stakeholders in the states where governorship candidates were selected in controversial manners.
Buhari Sets Up a Five-man Committee
To nip the problem before it escalates, President Buhari has set up a five-man committee to investigate and formulate possible solutions to the growing dissatisfaction.
The committee consists of the Minister of Education, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and the Chief of Staff in the Presidency. It was reported that the committee had submitted their report and it will play a massive role in the meeting slated for this Tuesday.
According to a close source at the party, the committee paid special interest to the crisis in the Ogun State chapter of the party where discontentment arose after the leadership adopted Dapo Abiodun for the governorship race despite overwhelming evidence that Hon. Adekunle Akinlade emerged as the rightful candidate in the state primaries.