APC postpones Lagos, Imo Governorship primaries

Aanya Igomu, Abuja


Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress APC has postponed its Lagos and Imo governorship primary elections to Monday October 1.

The APC National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole stated this while inaugurating the party’s Governorship Primary Election Committee and the Presidential National Convention Committee at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Mr Oshiomhole, who said logistics was the reason for postponement of the primaries in the two states, added that other states would hold their primaries on Sunday.

“We have decided to postpone the governorship primary election in Imo and Lagos states to Monday Oct.1, even though it is public holiday.

“There is nothing in the law that says we cannot conduct our party affairs on the day of public holidays.

“We are sure that we will be able to rectify logistic challenges between now and the end of tomorrow,” Oshiomhole said.

The APC National Chairman added that about 177 governorship aspirants were contesting to get the Party’s governorship ticket in 29 states.

He stated that the party would handover all election documents to the committee chairmen.

Mr Oshiomhole further stressed the need for members of the committee to uphold the core values of the party adding that they should remain neutral while carrying out the assignment.

He mentioned that the party’s leadership was doing everything possible to ensure proper security in states of the federation where the governorship primaries would be held.

Mr Oshiomhole said the presidential national convention committee must reflect the ray of the future with gender balance.

“We want to organise a convention that is different. We want a convention that goes beyond electioneering.”

He added that the national convention should discuss the Nigeria agenda, issues of governance, development and economic issues as well as social choices.

“Let us disagree and agree within that convention in addition to confirming the presidential candidate and maybe amend any section of the Constitution that we might want to,” he said.

Mr Oshiomhole appreciates the committee for responding to the party’s call at short notice.

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state who is the chairman of the 21-member presidential national convention committee thanked the party’s leadership for the opportunity to serve.

He said that the committee would not let the party down and that it would do its best to ensure that the party’s victory in 2019, was secured.

Kashim Shettima would serve as the committee Vice Chairman, Hadiza Bala Usman would serve as its Secretary.

Other members of the committee are Babatunde Fashola, Audu Ogbeh, Nasiru El-Rufai, Rochas Okorocha, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, Kayode Fayemi, Abubakar Bagudu and Mohammed Abubakar.

Godwin Obaseki, Simon Lalong, Sen. Emma Anosike, Hajiya Hauwa Sule, Timipre Sylva, Mr Sharon Ikeazor, Dr Ramatu Tijani, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Stella Okotete and Paulen Tallen are all members of the committee.

The presidential national convention is scheduled to hold on Oct. 6 to ratify President Muhammadu Buhari as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2019 election.