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APC governors meet over national convention, zoning, others



APC governors meet over national convention, zoning, others

The ruling All Progressives Congress, CPA governors held a closed-door meeting Sunday night in Abuja.

The host governor and chairman of the group, Abubakar Bagudu from Kebbi, along with his counterparts from Kwara, Imo, Borno, Ebonyi, Lagos and Zamfara, met under the auspices of the Forum of Progressive Governors, PGF.

Others were governors of Niger, Ogun, Cross River, Kogi, Nasarawa, Katsina, Plateau, Ekiti, Jigawa, and Kano states.

At 10:00 p.m., their counterparts from Osun, Yobe, Gombe and Kaduna states were still expected.

Nigeria‘s news agency reports that the meeting was to, among other things, discuss the party’s upcoming national convention, its zoning agreement, direct primary issues and the like.

The PGF, at its meeting on November 9, said that the adoption of direct primaries by political parties would put a strain on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

NAN reports that the National Assembly has adopted article 87 of the amended electoral bill which is currently awaiting the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari.

This article provides for compulsory direct primaries for all political parties.

However, at the last PGF meeting, Bagudu said that INEC’s decision to make it compulsory for political parties to elect their candidates for elected office through direct primaries was undemocratic.

According to him, this will limit the ability of the parties to choose the desired options.

Direct primaries involve the participation of all party members in the selection of candidates, while indirect primaries involve the use of delegates who are mostly leaders and executives at the constituency, local government and district levels. the state to elect party candidates at a convention or convention.


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