Why 34 governors settled for direct primary
The National Executive Committee, NEC, of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has noted that states are free to use the direct or indirect method of primaries for elective offices, declaring however, it would use the direct method to pick its presidential candidate.
Fielding questions from journalists at the conclusion of the NEC meeting in Abuja, Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, said when the matter came up for discussion, most of the states opted to use indirect primaries.
However, it was agreed that any state wishing to adopt the direct method would have to write the national leadership of the party for approval.
"The constitution of the party provides for either direct, indirect or consensus but for the presidential election we all agreed that we will adopt direct primaries for the presidential election. Also a recommendation was made by the NWC that the other states should adopt the indirect mode but there may be situations that this might be difficult in the state looking at their peculiarities. So if there are such difficulties, they can apply, following the process", Lalong said.
On the issue of logistics for the presidential primaries in view of claims by the party that it has over 12 million members, Lalong disclosed that if the party encountered any stress while using the direct option, it is at liberty to switch to another method.
Stressing further details on the resolutions reached at the meeting, the governor stated: "About two or three things were discussed. First, the document in respect of the guidelines of the election, mode of election, funding and the necessity for unity within the party after the gale of defections here and there.”