Edo, Ondo primaries: APC ready with membership registers —Isa-Onilu
…Parties in Ondo to comply with INEC’s directives
National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lanre Isa-Onilu, has disclosed that the membership registers of the party for Edo and Ondo states are intact and current.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had told political parties wishing to conduct direct primaries in the governorship elections in the two states to submit such registers as a precondition.
Speaking to Sunday Tribune on Saturday, Isa-Onilu said the party was yet to submit the registers to INEC but it would do so at the appropriate time.
“Membership register is not such a big deal. Any political party worth its name must have a comprehensive register of its members,” he stated.
Isa-Onilu further explained that the decision to conduct direct primaries with authentic membership registers was a joint decision of stakeholders at a virtual conference with INEC.
…Parties in Ondo to comply with INEC’s directives
Following the call by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to political parties desirous of using either the direct or indirect primary method to determine candidates for the forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states to avail it their membership registers or delegates’ lists, political parties in Ondo State have shown their readiness to comply with this directive.
Speaking on the development, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state said the list would be made available within the specified date.
Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Alex Kalejaye, said it was the duty of the national secretariat to forward the list to INEC.
According to him, the list of all members of the party in the state is with the national secretariat of the party, adding, however, that the national body of the party could liaise with the state chapter, if there is need to update the membership list in the state.
“This will allow the harmonisation of the list and ensure that fictitious names are not injected into the list and to ensure due diligence,” he said.
Also, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) says though the party has not released the guidelines to be used in picking its candidate for the election, it is ready.
Acting Secretary of the party in the state, Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan, said three options were available for the party in choosing its candidate for the governorship election.
He said the options included consensus, delegate method or direct primaries, but maintained that the national secretariat of the party had not determined or communicated the means of primaries to be adopted.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also said it would be ready to submit its membership list to INEC.
Its Director of Publicity, Zadock Akintoye, said: “since this is within the purview of the law guiding the election, the party will present its membership list in the state to INEC within the specified date.”
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