The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Ogun State, Chief Derin Adebiyi, said the party has opted for indirect primary in the state when it appeared that the consensus and the direct options might not work.
It was known to us that the party initially settled for the consensus arrangement but had to embrace the direct option when the former was rejected by some members.
He added that the state chapter of the party had to dump direct primary following an obvious reality that the national secretariat of the party was not forthcoming with an up-to-date membership register and cards.
Adebiyi said, “We actually opted for the consensus arrangement in Ogun State after the NEC meeting in Abuja but we later discovered that the arrangement did not go down well with some of our people; so, we settled for direct option
“Many state chapters complained that they don’t have an up-to-date register of their members and the national executive promised to provide it and the membership cards.
“Since the registration that we did between 2014 and 2015, nobody had been given membership card and the register had yet to be provided by our national body.”
The party chairman explained that his one-week trip to Abuja to get the necessary materials did not yield any positive result.
Adebiyi added, “The national executive promised to provide all the materials within one week. I was in Abuja throughout last week (penultimate week) from Monday to Saturday; we did not get either the register or the membership cards.
“I then made up my mind that the national leadership of the party is not ready for us on the issue of direct primary. Therefore, when we got home, I informed my executive about the situation.
“We therefore made up our mind that the direct option would not be an alternative to the consensus which was also no longer feasible in many areas.”
We have now decided that we will go for indirect primaries because we already have our delegates on the ground.”