The Ogun State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it will adopt consensus, direct and indirect primaries to choose its chairmanship and councillorship candidates for the forthcoming local government elections in the state.
This position was made public by the Publicity Secretary of the party, Tunde Oladunjoye in an interactive session with newsmen after the party’s stakeholders meeting at the Presidential Lodge, Abeokuta, the Ogun state.
Oladunjoye clarified that the party, having agreed on consensus names with leaders for positions in some local governments, would then switch to either the indirect or direct primaries for other local governments that couldn’t reach consensus.
The party said it hopes that none of the contestants in the LG elections spend money unnecessarily and that the party had been able to come up with solutions to multiple candidates in some local governments.
Oladunjoye said, “We are all in Ogun State, we know what happened with “breaking news” at this particular venue when the immediate past administration made arrangement whereby all the names of 236 councilors and 20 local government chairmen were just held in a file, including even other elective officers at the state and national level.
“But to the glory of God, we are not having that kind of dispensation in Ogun State now, we have a governor that has chosen to consult the people and the leaders, and the primaries we are going to have will not be conducted in one corner of the house.
“The constitution of the party states that such primaries for local government must be conducted at the local government headquarters and those for the ward must be conducted at the meeting venue of the ward.
“The leaders have assured the Governor that the process of reaching consensus is ongoing, and by Wednesday, they will come back with the list of agreed candidates in the local government.
“We expect that some local governments will come back with one candidate, while those who have more than two or three will go for direct primaries,” Oladunjoye concluded.