Major reasons Buhari is backing Oshiomhole on direct primaries revealed

– President Muhammadu Buhari is in total su[pory of the direct primaries proposed by APC’s national chairman – Sources said that the Bauchi, Katsina bye-elections were used as pilot test for the direct primaries – According to the sources, the president was disturbed over the role of money as a key player in the Ekiti governorship election Major reasons President Muhammadu Buhari has given his total support to the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on the direct primaries for choosing candidates ahead of the 2019 elections have been revealed. A source close to the president said the party adopted the direct primaries after it was convinced that the process would check money politics and help the party choose a popular candidate for the various elections. Vanguard reports that President Buhari opted for the direct primaries as a direct response to the conduct of APC governorship primaries in Ekiti state where the whole election process was clearly monitised. Sources said President Buhari was upset by complaints that the former leadership of the APC, allegedly allowed aspirants to be exploited. The source said: “The issue of direct primaries in the APC was welcomed by President Muhammadu Buhari after he heard that delegates in the party, in Ekiti State, collected over N1.5 million each from aspirants during the last governorship primaries.” “It was learned that the president was very angry with some officials of the party for allowing people to be exploited because of their ambitions and vowed to end money politics in APC. “Therefore, he opted for direct primaries to eliminate money politics in the internal affairs of the party, as regards nomination of candidates, who will fly the flag of the party,” the source said. A source said the president’s adoption of the process is to ensure that money would not play key role in the emergence of candidates during election. It was also gathered that the Bauchi, Katsina Bye-election and the Osun state governorship primaries[…]

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