The ruling All Progressive Congress has debunked reports that it will be adopting the indirect mode of primaries ahead of the 2023 Presidential Election.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Felix Morka, stated this on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday. He noted that the party is yet to decide on zoning, as well as the mode of primaries to adopt in the coming polls.
In clarifying the issue, Morka said, “That was not decided today,” but in the coming days, I’m sure the party will make a decision, now that the NWC has the authority to decide on those questions”.
Reports that the APC adopted the Indirect mode of primaries emerged yesterday following the party’s 11th National Executive Committee meeting, which took place at the Transcorp Hotel in Abuja.
However, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State had said, “There was no explicit discussion about the mode of primary, but the timetable seems to suggest it is indirect primaries.”
Earlier, the party had stated the price for the nomination and expression of interest forms for presidential and governorship aspirants as N100 million and N50 million, respectively.
Morka announced earlier that those willing to participate in the party’s presidential primary are to pay N100 million.
When asked what informed the prices, considering the economic hardship in the country, the party spokesperson said it was a decision that was agreed upon within the party.
He added that no economy anywhere else in the world is perfect, and despite that, “there are people who still live opulent lives ad make legitimate money in Nigeria”.
“Our party is not for the rich,” he stated further. “The party decided that the value placed on these forms are justified”.