Kogi Election: Anti-Bello Supporters Tell APC Preferred Mode Of Primary
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state

Members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi state are bickering over the mode of primary to be adopted in electing the party’s candidate for the November 18 governorship election.

Concise News understands that supporters of Governor Yahaya Bello, who is running for a second term, want indirect primary, while those against him have urged the national leadership of the party to allow for direct primary.

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It was learned that the clamour for direct primary followed the adoption of indirect primary by the Kogi APC on Saturday.

The leadership of the Kogi APC adopted the indirect primary at a stakeholders’ meeting at the party’s secretariat in Lokoja, the state capital.

The resolution, it was learned, followed a motion by the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Matthew Kolawole.

But members of the Justice Forum and Governor Bello’s DG Campaign (2015), Dr Yakubu Ogwalawo, at a gathering on Saturday in Ankpa, denounced Bello.

Convener of the Justice Forum, Goodman Akwu, demanded for direct primary, saying that Bello must not be “allowed to handpick delegates that will, in turn, return him as candidate”.

Bello, meanwhile, appears to be confident of winning the party’s ticket regardless of the mode of primary election.

The Kogi APC primary is scheduled to hold in August, while the governorship election has been fixed for 16 November by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).