Wednesday, 18 May 2022

APC Announces New Date for Primaries, With A Deliberate Attempt to Disenfranchise Delegates

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APC Announces New Date for Primaries

Asuquo Cletus Felix

The All Progressives Congress rescheduled and announced a new date for all of its primary elections.

This was contained in a statement titled "APC Adjust schedule of activities for primary election issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the party Felix Morka.

According to the statement, the new dates, is in accordance with the approval by the party's National Working Committee at its meeting on Wednesday.

The statement reads, "The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress on Wednesday, 18th of May, 2022, approved an adjusted Timetable/Schedule of Activities for the Governorship, State House of Assembly, House of Representatives, Senate and Presidential primaries and appeals as follows:

"Governorship and House of Representatives – Thursday, 26th of May, 2022.

"Senate and House of Assembly – Friday, 27th of May, 2022.

"For election appeals: Governorship and House of Representatives – Friday, 27th of May, 2022.

"Senate and House of Assembly – Saturday, 28th of May, 2022.

Special convention for presidential primaries holds Sunday 29th – Monday, 30th of May, 2022."

...Set Delegates in Disarray

With these new dates, there seems to be some confusion amongst delegates for the forthcoming primary elections in the party. 

For instance, some delegates who are supposed to vote in the governorship primaries may also be eligible to vote in the House of Representative Primaries election, but both primary election have been kept to hold on the same date when normally the venue for the House of Representatives election was supposed to be in the respective Federal Constituencies while that of the governorship will hold in the capital city. 

The same thing also applies to the senatorial and House of Assembly elections. The elections may have delegates qualified to votes for both elections but might be disenfranchised due to difference in venue, while the House of Assembly would hold in the different state constituencies, the Senate primary election will hold in the senatorial district. 

With this development many delegates would be disenfranchised if these dates stands.