The Anambra State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced that it would use consensus method of primary election for all elective positions in the state. Barr Emeka Ibe, state chairman of the party who briefed journalists on the outcome of a stakeholders’ meeting held on Saturday night said the party favoured the consensus method as a way of avoiding rancour in the party.
Though he did not explain how the method would be deployed in the primary elections of the party, he said its leaders and aspirants all agreed to use the method for the forthcoming primary election. He said, “We have adopted consensus mode of primary election, we will use it in all our elections in the state, except presidential election, which would be direct primary.
“The party has already set up a seven-man committee that will go and conduct further meetings with diverse stakeholders and come up with recommendations as to how we can use this consensus method. “The committee is led by Engr Ifeanyi Osegbo, and Barr Cyprian Udenwa is the secretary. By Wednesday, it is expected that the committee should have done the job.” Ibe addded that the method was a democratic mode of primary election, and was also covered by the party’s guideline.
He said that because of the diversity in states of the federation, the National executive committee of the party met and resolved that each state was free to choose what method of primary election to adopt, in other to beat post primary election complaints. Meanwhile, Ibe said labour minister, Senator Chris Ngige has resolved to join the senatorial race. He would be vying to represent Anambra Central zone in the Senate.
Ibe told journalists that, “So far, Ngige has not picked his nomination form, but he still has time. “The sale of forms would close by Tuesday, and he will pick his form before close of deadline. What I can tell you is that he would contest the election.”