The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kano state has endorsed the adoption of direct primaries as a means of selecting candidates that will fly the party’s flag in all elective positions.
Rising from a meeting held Tuesday, the State Executive Committee of the party said the decision stands to improve the stock of the APC in the coming 2019 election as well as other elections.
A press statement signed by the state chairman of the party, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas Sanusi, said APC will adopt direct primaries for selecting candidates for the Presidency, governorship, National Assembly (Senate and House of Representatives) as well as the state legislative elections.
The decision was endorsed by the state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje; the two Senators (Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya and Senator Barau Jibrin); 13 members of the House of Representatives led by the Chief Whip, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa; 33 members of the state House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Rt Hon. Kabir Alasan Rurum, 53 APC State Working Committee members; 44 elected chairmen of local councils; and 44 local government party chairmen, as well as secretaries of the party in the 44 LGAs
It said direct primary for selecting candidates stands to imbue greater confidence among members of the party, guarantees openness in governance and ensures free and fair election.
Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas Sanusi pointed out that the party in the state believes that direct primaries give more transparency to political participation and regaining the confidence that has been lost over time as the process of selecting candidates gets increasingly mired in secrecy.
While calling for the support of party members, the chairman also implored them to always be peaceful and law abiding citizens.