Aheadof the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scheduled for later this week, a chieftain of the party in Edo State, Honurbale Charles Idahosa, urged the NEC to adopt the direct primaries which have been suggested by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, saying the process was more democratic.
Speaking to journalists in Benin City yesterday, Idahosa who was Political Adviser to Comrade Adams Oshiomhole when he was governor of Edo state said the direct primaries would bring less rancour and would ensure popular candidates emerge during primaries compared to the consensus option which he said only a privileged few would decide and the delegates option which he said was too expensive.
“I support direct primaries and I am going to use this opportunity to appeal to the members of NEC to confirm the position of the NWC so that we can all have a collective responsibility in choosing the candidate in respective positions we are going to contest for.
“If we all have a hand in picking the candidate, automatically, we also have to work to return that candidate but when you say consensus though it is in our constitution, it is deceitful. It means some few privilege few sitting in one room and taking a decision that we have arrived at a consensus.
“So it is an appeal to the NEC for them to do the right thing otherwise it will polarise the party, there will be problem. The one they did the other time is still giving us problem till date.
“The NWC has approved it, the national chairman is in support because that was the first position he took in Osun, followed by the National Leader in Lagos.”
He said the direct primaries had worked in the past “In 2007, I contested the governorship ticket with Adams Oshiomhole, it was direct primaries. I lost. It was very clear to me that I lost because Oshiomhole at that time was already a household name and the entire members all work for him because he was a product of direct primaries. You can see that he was popular, he won that election”