Forum of Senior Special Advisers to Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has declared support for the direct primary method, which has been adopted to pick the governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the Sept. 22, Osun gubernatorial election.
The chairman of the forum, Alhaji Bashir Lawal made this known to newsmen during a press conference in Osogbo on Tuesday.
Lawal said the forum was in support of the direct primary because “it is more democratic and will enable all members of APC to have a say in the choice of who will fly the party’s flag in the election”.
He said the process would enable inclusiveness and curb money politics as it would make it difficult for anyone to bribe all the delegates.
He added that the process would give every member of the party the opportunity to participate in the process, saying that the direct primary election is constitutional and acceptable.
According to him, “we commend the decision of the National Working Committee of our party in settling for the direct primary election for the Thursday primary.
“As we all know, direct primary helps in throwing up a credible, suitable and popular choice. For a fact, indirect primary election negates the democratic credentials upon which a progressive party like ours thrives.”
“As a party determined to win the Governorship election on Sept. 22 in the overall interest of continuing Gov. Aregbesola’s good work in our dear state, embracing direct primary election will not only deepen our democratic value in line with our ‘Omoluabi’ ethos, it will also reduce the scourge of corruption which has eaten deep into the fabric of our society”.
From Saheed Adeyemi, Osogbo
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