APC Adopts Direct Mode For Kogi Governorship Primary Election

Written by on April 12, 2023

The All Progressives Congress has adopted the direct mode for the conduct of its Governorship Primary Election in Kogi State.

The party informed the Independent National Electoral Commission as well as aspirants of its decision in a letter dated 6th April 2023, signed by the Acting National Chairman, Abubakar Kyari.

The letter reads in part: “We refer to our earlier letter dated 25th January 2023, with reference no: APC/NHDQ/INEC/19/023/191 wherein we notified the Commission of the mode of primary election for the conduct of the Gubernatorial Primary Election in Kogi State”.

According to the party, it has reviewed modalities for the conduct of the Governorship Primary Election in Kogi State and has resorted to adopt the direct mode of primary election instead of the Indirect Mode as earlier communicated.

The party said the date for the primary election remains Friday 14th April, 2023, adding that a Special Congress will hold the following day to ratify the candidate with the highest number of votes.

Meanwhile, an Abuja Federal High Court, on Wednesday, nullified the Kogi State All Progressives Congress’ delegates list for the purpose of nominating a governorship candidate for the party in the November governorship elections.

Justice James Omotosho while delivering Judgement, voided the ward and local government congresses said to have been conducted on February 7 on the grounds that they were not conducted in compliance with the Electoral Act 2022, and the Constitution of the APC.

However, stakeholders of the party across the state said the judgment was only an academic exercise as the party had already decided to adopt the direct mode well ahead, despite winning two cases on the same matter in the previous week.

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