The All Progressives Congress (APC) has threatened to discipline its members plotting to oppose its choice of direct primary.
Though the APC initially decided to adopt indirect primary for all elective positions, they later switched to direct primary.
Indirect primary election would require delegates to choose the party’s candidate while direct primary is a process that involves all members of the party in deciding a candidates’ fate.
According to the APC, some of its members, drawn from various organs of the party, are planning to meet on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, to kick against the adoption of direct primary.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Yekini Nabena, acting spokesman of the APC said:
“We want to state clearly that the meeting is illegal and an attempt to puncture the sincere efforts being made by the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC to reposition our Party ahead the 2019 General Elections and to ensure unity, equity and justice in the Party.
“The outcome of such meeting which is already known will be a nullity and we admonish our members to disregard such meetings in the interest of the Party. It is illegal to call such meetings outside the purview of the constituted authority”.
The APC went on to say that the identities of those behind the meeting have been identified and “unless they desist from such they will be dealt with in line with the Party’s Constitution at the appropriate time”.
According to the party, its national working committee will resist any attempt to disrupt the current peace and harmony prevailing in the party after the exit of some of its members.
“We remain focused in delivering good governance to Nigerians and above all ensuring the victory for our Party come 2019 and we will not be intimidated by the antics of a few in ensuring success for our Party”.