In a stakeholders meeting held by the Haddy Ametuo-led All Progressives Congress (APC) State executives at the state’s capital Lokoja, on Monday, 17 June 2019, the faction resolved to allow the National Working Committee of the APC wade in and determine the mode of election to be adopted for the August primaries.
In a communique issued by the executive of the party after the meeting, they made their decision known as follows:
“We will like to announce to the public that the APC has not made an official decision on whether to adopt the direct or indirect primary election for the forthcoming gubernatorial election. We are the authentic APC State executive of the party having held congresses across wards in all Local Government Areas and instituted executive committees in the same places; so it is illegal for any factional APC State executive to make decisions for the APC in Kogi State as regards the mode of primary election to be adopted in the August without the knowledge of the party’s National Secretariat and most importantly, when the APC National Working Committee has not made their decision known on the matter.
“Only the National Working Committee of the APC has the authority to determine the mode of primary election to be adopted in Kogi State. We are disciplined and always open to progressive and harmonised ways of doing things. We await the decision of the APC National Woking Committee and other party leaders regarding the method of election to be adopted for the primaries. We are confident they will use their good leadership and experience to make the best decision for Kogi State. A decision that will be in line with the party constitution; a decision that will abide by the technicalities of electing a flag bearer.
“The state governor has invited us for a parley and we will honor the invitation. We have always made ourselves available for any reconciliatory meetings and discussions because our prior interest is for the success and progress of our great party.
“We will also like to strongly advise the national leadership of our great party to be wary of the mistakes of Zamfara and Imo states and help sanitize the party in Kogi State so that we can avoid pitfalls ahead. Let fairness, justice and adherence to party principles guide their decisions.”