APC: Indirect Primaries and Nomination of Candidates

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has amended the provisions in its constitution governing the adoption of indirect primaries to nominate candidates for elective offices in line with the Electoral Acts.

Prior to the Party’s constitutional amendments, for the nomination of candidates for the office of Senator and Member of the House of Representatives, the entire members of the executive committees at Ward, Local Government, and State levels and statutory delegates were employed as an Electoral College of delegates in indirect primaries in breach of Article 20 (iv) (a), (b), (c) and (d) of the APC Constitution 2014 (as amended) which required an Electoral College of delegates democratically elected by members of the Party from the various Wards. The Party had to amend the old constitution or comply fully with the provisions of its constitution on indirect primaries requiring democratically elected delegates.

Under the APC Constitution 2022 (as amended), for the nomination of candidates for the office of Senator and Member of the House of Representatives only the Chairman and Secretary of the Ward Executive Committee, as opposed to the entire members of the Ward Executive Committee are members of the Local Government Area Congress that will form the Electoral College of delegates. Also, five Delegates per ward, at least two of whom shall be women, shall be elected at a Ward Congress as members of the Local Government Area Congress that will form an Electoral College for the nomination of candidates for the office of Senator and Member of the House of Representatives.

Additionally, all members of the National, Zonal, State, and Local Government Executive Committees, including all statutory delegates, are members of the Electoral College for the nominations of Senators and Members of the House of Representatives. See Articles 20(4)(ii) and 12.13 of the APC Constitution 2022 (as amended).

Regarding the nomination of candidates for the office of Governor only the Chairman and Secretary of the Local Government Executive Committee, as opposed to the entire members of the Ward and Local Government Executive Committees are members of the State Congress that will form the Electoral College of delegates. Moreover, five Delegates per ward, at least two of whom shall be women, shall be elected at a Ward Congress as members of the State Congress that will form an Electoral College for the nomination of candidates for the office of Governor.

As well, all members of the National, Zonal, and State Executive Committees, including the statutory delegates, are members of the Electoral College for the nomination of a candidate for the office of Governor. See Articles 20(4)(ii) and 12.8 of the APC Constitution 2022 (as amended).

As per nomination of candidate for Member of House of Assembly, it shall be by the Ward Congresses constituting the State Constituency and the Ward Congress shall comprise all officers and registered members of the Party in the Ward, who are financially up to date. See Articles 20(4)(ii) and 12.16 of the APC Constitution 2022 (as amended).

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