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APC to pick governorship candidate by direct primary in OSUN

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The State Working Committee (SWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has recommended the direct primary model for its governorship aspirants.

In a resolution at its meeting at the weekend in Osogbo, the state capital, the party’s SWC, led by its chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun, recommended that the direct primary be adopted for the nomination of its candidate in the September 22 election, as provided for 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.

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