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“Why Lagos APC Adopted Indirect Elections For Primaries”-Afikuyomi
Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi

“Why Lagos APC Adopted Indirect Elections For Primaries”-Afikuyomi

Chairman, State Election Committee 2017 of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Tokunbo Afikuyomi has given reason for the adoption of Indirect Elections for the Primaries because it was allowed by the parties constitution and it was the best way to select candidates who can complement the work of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

In Press Statement made available to journalists, Senator Afikuyomi stated that the APC Constitution provided for both direct and indirect primaries to pick the candidates, disclosing that the party leadership in its wisdom opted for a combination of primaries and the consensus option in compliance with the provisions of Articles 20 (ii)a, (iii)a and 21(xi) of the APC Constitution.

He said that was done to ensure the emergence of real grassroots leaders and knowledgeable party men and women who could positively impact the lives of the people at the local level, make the much-needed difference in governance and deliver dividends of democracy to our people.

“This is what we need to complement the wonderful work Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has been doing.
The process had started from the Stakeholders’ Meeting where the decision on the modality for the election and other decisions were taken and ratified,” he recalled.He aslo

He also revealed that list of candidates contesting on its platform for chairmanship and councillorship seats in the July 22, 2017 local government election has been submitted to the State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) following successful completion of the party primary that produced those candidates.

This is just as the party admitted the exercise had witnessed some hitches, which it described as normal in any democratic arrangement, declaring that no system was devoid of its problems and challenges.

Speaking on the protest that trailed the exercise, Afikuyomi, while admitting such, declared that no system was devoid of its problems and challenges, adding that, “Disputes and disagreements are necessary fallouts of democratic processes.”

“No system is infallible. In the extant case, in a few areas where there have been disagreements arising from the process, these have been resolved through the conflict-resolution mechanism we put in place.

“It must be pointed out, however, that if these internal squabbles and arguments were found to have been heated in APC, this should be understandable. It can only be because all the aspirants and contenders know that once they get the party’s ticket, they are as good as elected as chairmen and councillors.

“There was generally a rat-race for these positions. Truth is APC has no opposition in Lagos State,” he asserted.

The senator, therefore, thanked the APC leadership for the confidence reposed in his committee by entrusting it such responsibility, saying it was a call to duty which the committee had discharged to the best of its abilities.

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