As party shifts presidential primaries for the 4th time
By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA—Ahead of the primaries of All Progressives Congress, APC, National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has declared that the party will not field candidates he described as opportunists seeking to use its platform to fester their political nets.
Oshiomhole, who was referring to the defection of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said the party had learned from the mistakes of the past where people he described as bread and butter politicians were given tickets of the party.
Oshiomhole spoke on a day APC, for the fourth time, shifted its presidential primaries to Friday, September 28, 2018.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, Oshiomhole lamented that since assumption of office, the NWC had been tackling issues arising from the last congresses of the party, which he described as fraudulent.
He asserted that the party would correct the mistakes of the past and confront the opposition in 2019.
Oshiomhole, who stated this while addressing members of the screening committee of the party, said: “In many of the states we had challenges arising from the way congresses were conducted, many of them were quite fraudulent, that has been the challenge we have been trying to resolve since we came.
‘’Screening of aspirants is not a formality, that is why we tried to search for men and women of integrity who cannot be compromised. We do not want to field opportunists who are simply seeking a political vehicle for some selfish purposes.
‘’What has happened in recent past is enough for us to begin to look at the character of those who are seeking office in APC platform.”
Meanwhile, the party has for the fourth time, shifted its presidential primaries to Friday, September 28, 2018.
The party has severally shifted the exercise for reasons that were not clearly stated, but the current rescheduling is as a result of the governorship election rerun in Osun State slated for Thursday.
“In view of the Osun State governorship rerun election which has been scheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2018, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has now rescheduled the presidential primary election to
Friday, September 28, 2018.
“This is to avoid a clash in dates with the Osun State governorship rerun election and enable all registered party members in all thirty-six states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, participate in the exercise,” the party said in a statement by its acting spokesman, Yekini Nabena.