By Jude Opara
The Adamawa State Caucus of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the National Assembly has rejected the adoption of the direct primary system of selection its candidates for elective positions in the 2019 polls.
The Caucus in a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja said they were surprised to hear of the adoption of the direct system even after attending a meeting of the State Executive Committee of the party where every stakeholder accepted the indirect option due to the peculiarity of the State.
Sen. Binta Masi Garba who led the eight members of the House of Reps that made up the caucus told journalists that they were present and fully participated in the State Executive Committee meeting of the ruling party where they took the decision to adopt the indirect primary for election into all other elective positions in the state but for the presidential election.
The lawmakers maintained that caucus is in agreement with the decision of the State Executives of the party on the adoption of indirect primary because Adamawa State has no updated register of members of the party, adding that people who recently defected to the party may be shut out either in voting or to be voted for since they may not have been captured in an updated register.
The lawmakers further argued that Adamawa is one of the States having serious security challenges as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency, adding that the state cannot conduct peaceful election in some parts of the local governments especially in the Northern part bordering the notorious Sambisa forest.