Direct Primaries: Govs, 30 State Chairmen, Aspirants Move Against Oshiomhole

No fewer than 30 State Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) opposed to the adoption of direct primaries by the party for next year’s election met in Abuja on Sunday.
It will be recalled that the APC had last week adopted direct primaries for the production of its candidates for next year’s election, with several top ranking party members opposing the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee on the move.
Those opposed to it had earlier scheduled their meeting on Sunday for Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja, but
the Acting National Publicity of the APC, Yekini Nabena, had in a statement in the early hours of Sunday, warned against the meeting.
However, the State Chairmen who had the backing of some governors elected on the platform of the APC and aspirants for next year’s elections switched the venue of their to Barcelona Hotel after the venue was leaked to the leadership of the party.
Reports hold that no fewer than 30 State Chairmen and a few national officers outside backed by some state governors met on the way forward in the face of the insistence of Oshiomhole and others to go ahead with direct primaries for the elections.
Some of those at the venue of the meeting resisted moves by those who wanted to speak with newsmen on the development while the meeting held behind closed door.
The aggrieved APC members, however, said they will soon make their position known after the conclusion of consultations.