December 16, 2018
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APC Holds Governorship Primaries In 27 States [See Full List of States]

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is conducting statewide primaries to choose its governorship candidates in 27 states this Sunday. Today will bring a verdict for hundreds of political gladiators who have been lobbying to get the party’s priced ticket to be candidates in the 2019 governorship election, which is part of the general election scheduled for February.
Due to widespread division amongst aspirants in several states over issues ranging from to zoning to potential imposition of candidates by some so-called godfathers, the party at the national level decided to adopt a flexible mode in conducting its primaries this year.

The adoption of direct and indirect primaries was the immediate solution the party could come up with. Although the party acknowledges its approach may not be perfect, the two options would go a long way in mitigating post-primaries crises that often characterise Nigerian elections.

The APC looked into existing disagreements at each of the 37 state chapters (including Abuja) and recommended either direct or indirect method, depending on which has a better likelihood of keeping members united after primaries.

The direct mode means individuals who have APC membership card would go to the primaries ground and elect who they want to be the party’s candidate. This exercise is seen as more transparent and inclusive because it gives members a say on who should be their party’s choice.

In indirect exercise, some individuals who have attained the position of delegates in party structure would choose the candidate. This method has been widely criticised for being too monetised over the years.

Delegates are known to collect huge amount of cash from aspirants, sometimes at convention grounds, to elect a candidate, with the most lavish often emerging victorious.

While direct primaries could be considered cumbersome and time-consuming, the method is less prone to manipulation than indirect primaries, and all members share responsibility in the quality of leadership of whomever gets the party’s ticket.

Twenty-seven states will hold governorship primaries today. The remaining nine states include Bayelsa, Edo, Kogi, Osun, Anambra, Ekiti and Ondo, whose governorship seats are not up for contest in the upcoming general elections, and Lagos and Imo, whose primaries were postponed at the eleventh-hour last night.

Eighteen states are conducting indirect primaries today, while the remaining nine opted for the direct method.
Below is a catalogue of all states where primaries hold today. PREMIUM TIMES will bring you live updates of activities at the venues from across the country.

S/No.
STATE
RESOLUTION ON MODE OF PRIMARIES TO BE ADOPTED

1.
ABIA
DIRECT PRIMARIES

2.
ADAMAWA
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

3.
AKWA IBOM
DIRECT PRIMARIES

4.
BAUCHI
DIRECT PRIMARIES

5.
BENUE
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

6.
BORNO
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

7.
CROSSRIVER
DIRECT PRIMARIES

8.
DELTA
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

9.
EBONYI
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

10.
ENUGU
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

11.
GOMBE
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

12.
JIGAWA
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

13.
KADUNA
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

14.
KANO
DIRECT PRIMARIES

15.
KASTINA
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

16.
KEBBI
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

17.
KWARA
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

18.
NASARAWA
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

19.
NIGER
DIRECT PRIMARIES

20.
OGUN
DIRECT PRIMARIES

21.
OYO
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

22.
PLATEAU
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

23.
RIVERS
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

24.
SOKOTO
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

25.
TARABA
DIRECT PRIMARIES

26.
YOBE
INDIRECT PRIMARIES

27.
ZAMFARA
DIRECT PRIMARIES

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