- Says the petitions will b looked into.
- APC had applied indirect primaries.
The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu has said the party was not under any pressure from the Presidency to reverse the decision.
This is a reaction to reports that the party is under pressure from the presidency to change its decision on the primary election mode that should be applied for Kogi governorship election..
Recall that APC had already applied indirect primary, which has not gone down well with almost 20 aspirants of the ruling party.
Speaking with Punch, Issa-Onilu said the party structure works independently of the Presidency or any external bodies.
“We are not under any pressure from anywhere,” he added.
When asked if it was true the party wanted to reverse the indirect primary already picked for Kogi, he said there was nothing on the ground suggesting that for now.
“The decision on the indirect primary was due to a choice made by the state executives in a correspondence to the national secretariat. We only acted on that,” he said.
The governorship aspirants who expressed their displeasure at the indirect primary adopted by the National Working Committee of the ruling party for the November 2 governorship election in Kogi State said it could affect the fortune of APC in the state.
While acknowledging receipt of petitions from some stakeholders in Kogi State in reaction to indirect primaries adopted for the election of the party’s candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Issa-Onilu said it would look at the merit of the petitions in line with the party’s constitution and come out with a position in due course.
“We assure all concerned parties that the NWC would be guided only by our rules,” he said.