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.
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).
Ajibulu chides the decision reached by the SEC, saying it is a move allegedly sponsored by Governor Yahaya Bello to win at all cost. This, according to Vanguard News.
Ajibulu says: “Kogi people have lost confidence in the governor. So, the state level lacks the power to specify what mode of primaries would be employed in August as it is only a faction of the party that is loyal to the governor that decided that.
“They are the amateurs-led executives and the majority of the stakeholders do not agree with there decision as the legitimacy of each faction is being challenged in a court of law.
“So, it is a sham and now we start to understand parts of governor Yahaya Bello’s statement that he will win at any cost,” Ajibulu maintains.
That’s the latest news from Kogi state for today. See you again soon!