All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state says it will adopt direct primary system to pick its candidate for September 22 governorship election in the state.
Chairman of the Party in the state, Gboyega Famodu said in Osogbo the state capital after a meeting of the party State Executive Committee (SEC) that the committee recommends direct primary system to pick candidate for the election because it will give all the party members opportunity to elect the party flag bearer.
He added that direct primary system is enshrined in Section 87 of the Electoral Act (2010), as amended.
The party resolved that its decision was predicated on the grounds that:
- a direct primary election will give every party member the opportunity to be involved in the nomination, as against the indirect primary.
- a direct primary will signify popular participation by ensuring the largest participation of party members across the state.
- a direct primary system promotes democracy, reduces the intimidation of delegates, bribery and other electoral malfeasance. It promotes popular participation and prevents monetisation of the process and intimidation.
- the direct primary system will also address the fear of imposition of any person as candidate of the party, being alleged in some quarters.
- Osun APC has been using direct primaries for all its internal electoral activities since 2014. For instance, the governorship primaries of 2014 and the recent local government election in January 2018. This has enhanced popular participation of members at the primary and the subsequent general elections.
- a direct primary helps to mobilising members and popularising the party in the state.
The APC urged the National Working Committee (NWC) to approve direct primary for Osun State primary election for the nomination of its candidate for the September 22 governorship election.