177 jostle for APC governorship tickets as Lagos, Imo primaries postponed

No fewer than 177 aspirants are jostling for the Governorship tickets of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC at the party’s governorship primaries in 29 states this Sunday.

Adams Oshiomhole, APC National Chairman announced this Saturday  during the inauguration of the Governorship Primaries Committee at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja.

Oshiomhole said, “we have only 29 vacancies for governors and to fill these 29 vacancies, we have distinguished Nigerians, men and women, about 177 that applied.

“This does not suggest any unusual level of political or executive unemployment. It just points to the level of interest, commitment, passion and above all the confidence that people have in the APC”, he stated.

Oshiomhole assured all party members across the country that the exercise will be free, fair and credible and urged them to support whoever emerges after the primaries to get final victory at general elections.

According to him, “we have tried as much as we can to carry out a thorough screening exercise in a way that will enable us to benefit from the recent things that have happened in our party that some of us believe that we can learn some positive lessons from there and we have heard of the implications of such actions and reviewed the way in which we select people who contest elections on our platforms.

“We have to work consciously to move our party from a mere public taxi that people who are political stranded can board and when they get to their destinations, they pay fees if they are kind enough to pay or they just jump out of the car and then we wait for the next passenger.

“We have to build a mass movement that is grounded in the hearts of the Nigerian people, membership-driven and to do that we must service our internal democracy.

“We have to move away from top-down approach to decision making and a bottom-top approach so that the ordinary Nigerian who is a member of our party will have a sense of ownership, involvement, participation and equation.

Advising the Governorship Primary Committee, “so, stepping tomorrow (Sunday) to conduct elections, you have a duty to sustain the core values of the APC which is to ensure that we conduct transparent primaries and our constitution which is the basis of the contract between members of the APC to vie for couple of offices and our National Executive Committee is adhered to.”

Meanwhile, Clement Ebiri, former Governor of Cross River state and Osunbu Osareme, former Governor of
Edo State who both contested contested for APC National Chairman with Oshiomhole are have been appointed the chairmen of the governorship primary Committee in Lagos and Kebbi State.

Also, APC has postponed the governorship primaries in Lagos and Imo state from Sunday to Monday for logistics reasons.

The APC National Chairman who announced disclosed this said, “We have decided to postpone the election in Lagos to Monday even though it is public holiday, there is nothing in the law that says we should not conduct our party affairs on the day of public holiday. So, Lagos and Imo States for now, the exercise will take place on Monday.

“We are sure that we will be able to rectify logistic challenges between now and end of tomorrow. For those going to those States, please take note, otherwise.

James Kwen, Abuja

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