There were indications during the week that the All Progressive Congress (APC) will not hold regular primaries to select national officers and flag bearers all over the federation but will adopt either the British and or Indian model of internal democracy guided by party caucuses.
“So I assure you that we will do internal democracy guided with caucuses because caucuses in Britain are working, caucuses in India are working. This internal democracy does not mean all of you going out to vote in primaries”, the Former Governor of Ogun State and one of those working on registration of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Olusegun Osoba said in Lagos.
Osoba who spoke at an occasion put together by the Lagos State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) to mark the 20th anniversary of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election said APC will not adopt the American model, which the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) operates during primaries.
He said his party, the ACN did not hold primaries in Ogun State to select flag bearers in 2007 partly because of lack of money in the state and fear that then President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and then governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel would sponsor a candidate to win their primaries which will be to the detriment of the party.He said the party caucus and the elders council had to sit down and came out with a strategy to pick individuals in Ota, Ogun State where they got massive votes up to 35,000 even though they lost in Yewa North, Ikpokia and other areas.
He explained that though his party lacked fund, ACN delegates did not betray the party. According to him, while other party paid delegates N10,000, the ACN paid N2,000 per delegate adding that it was N2,000 delegates that defeated the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, his daughter, Iyabo Obasanjo, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole.