APC Party Members Set For A Battle With Leadership
There are high possibilities that the internal crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) will heighten as members of the party are grumbling over the last decision reached by the leadership of the party as regards the mode of the Party’s primary elections.
Last week, the National Executive Committee (NEC) decided to adopt direct primaries for its presidential ticket instead of the indirect method demanded by the state governors.
The NWC also gave the state the power to apply direct or indirect primaries for other tickets. The meeting was attended by the President, Muhammadu Buhari and his vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
On Sunday morning (today) The NWC raised an alarm over plans by some members of the party to hold a secret at the Transcorp Hilton hotel in Abuja.
The APC stated this in a statement by its spokesperson, Yekini Nabena.
The meeting is said to be connected to the decision earlier reached by the NWC on the method of primaries to adopt.
Read Mr Nabena’s full statement below.
The attention of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to an illegal meeting scheduled to hold on Sunday at Transcorp Hilton hotel in Abuja by some members of our Party organs, with a view to fault the decisions made by the NWC followed by the National Executive Committee (NEC) as regards the mode of the Party’s primary elections.
We want to state clearly that the meeting which has been fixed for 2pm is illegal and an attempt to puncture the sincere efforts being made by the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC to reposition our Party ahead of the 2019 General Elections and to ensure unity, equity and justice in the Party.
The outcome of such meeting which is already known will be a nullity and we admonish our members to disregard such meetings in the interest of the Party. It is illegal to call such meetings outside the purview of the constituted authority.
The identities of those plotting such meetings have been identified and unless they desist from such they will be dealt with in line with the Party’s Constitution at the appropriate time.
The NWC will resist any attempt to disrupt the current peace and harmony prevailing in our great Party after the exit of some members of our Party.
We urge any member who is not satisfied with the decisions of the Party to utillise channels provided by the Party’s constitution to air their views.
We remain focused on delivering good governance to Nigerians and above all ensuring the victory for our Party come 2019 and we will not be intimidated by the antics of a few in ensuring success for our Party.
In a differently expected showdown, aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are grumbling over the high cost of obtaining nomination forms.
Punch reported that the aspirants contesting the governorship, national and state assemblies seat were on a collision course with the party leadership in Abuja on Saturday.
The complainants are demanding a downward review of the fee.
The APC leadership had fixed N55m as the cost of nomination and expression of interest form for the office of the President which is twice the amount charged by the same party in 2015 at N27.5m, and the current cost for the Peoples Democratic Party is N12m
For those the party had given nods to contest for the state house of assembly, the party is charging N1.1m while the PDP is charging N600,000. Aspirants for the House of Assembly under the APC are expected to part with N3.8m while the main opposition charge N1.5m for the same ticket.
The fee is higher for those contesting for the Senate as the APC fixed N8.5m against the N3.5m charged by the PDP.
Governorship candidates of the PDP are charged N6m while the ruling party charged its aspirants’ whooping sum of N22.5m each.