APC National Convention: Party adopts secret ballot

Gov. Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso displaying his Clearance Certificate today, Wednesday, to enable him contest the APC presidential primary election coming up on Wednesday in Lagos. Seated on his left is Mr. Sam Nda Isiah, while on his right are Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and former Head of State Muhammadu Buhari all APC presidential aspirants.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has stated that secret ballot system of voting will be used to elect the party’s presidential flag bearer at its national convention holding in Lagos Wednesday and Thursday.

The spokesperson for the APC, Lai Mohammed, who addressed a pre-convention press conference in Lagos on Sunday also, said the convention would hold at the Taslim Balogun stadium, Surulere.

Mr. Mohammed said that over 8,000 delegates drawn from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, are expected to participate in the convention and the presidential primaries that would elect the party’s flag bearer out of the five presidential aspirants of the party.

The five aspirants according to Mr. Mohammed include, a former head of state, Mohammadu Buhari; a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; Governor of Kano State; Rabiu Kwankwaso; Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha and Publisher of Leadership Newspaper Group, Sam Nda-Isaiah.

“The five aspirants would address the delegates, stressing their programmes before the commencement of voting, which will be by secret ballot,” he said.

Mr. Mohammed said adequate arrangements have been made by the National Convention Committee, NCC, headed by former Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi for a hitch-free convention.

“The various sub-committees are working round the clock to ensure that the convention succeeds and become a reference point in the political history of the country.

“We are also collaborating with relevant agencies to ensure effective security, crowd control, traffic management, medical attention among others,” he said.

He also assured Nigerians who may not be opportune to be at the venue of the convention that arrangements have been made for effective live coverage of the entire process by some radio and TV stations.

In secret ballot, delegates will have the sole liberty to decide who to vote for without fear they may be victimized after.


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    How can APC’s skewed convention be a reference point for Nigerians. So so unforgiven group of frustrated people hence the resort to secret balloting. The beginning of the end for APC

    • Mr. Abdin

      What do you mean by that?

      • BlackieUmukoro

        What I have just written is written
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Interesting decision.

    I guess this would allow delegates to vote according to their conscience – whatever that might mean!

    But, were all candidates aware of this from the word ‘go’?

    • Garba Sani

      You seem apprehensive?
      This is the best decision for our party. Instead of delegates being cowed by godfathers.
      Any and every democratic mind should be pleased at this development.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        No, Garba.

        I am actually thrilled about it because I staunchly believe this would neutralise Atiku’s money / influence. I believe this would favour GMB more.

        GMB is my man, but in the interest of fair play, I asked the question.

        If I was Atiku, and this is a new criteria, I’d be upset.

  • Mr. Abdin

    This is democracy at work credit must be given to you Turaki.

  • sir Oscie

    Support CHANGE. Support Atiku2015….#ANigeriaForAll

  • T-Rex

    How i wish all Northerners can agree with Muktari’s submission that we go our different ways,six or more countries can be carved out from this Nigeria. One Nigeria is a sham.

  • Babatunde Oshodi

    As a nation we are fast returning to 1966 and that is very sad.Muktari’s submission was exactly the submission of the North in 1966 after the counter coup of that year before the emergence of the christian middle belt young officer Lt. Col.Yakubu Gowon brought about by the intervention of the British .Can’t we consider TRUE FEDERALISM as postulated in the 2014 CONFAB REPORT as alternative to disintegration?

    • Guest

      The reason I supported the PDP was the possibility of implementing the 2014 confab report. My thinking was deal with the core and fundamental problems of the country first, then deal with corruption and bad leadership later. Alas, APC propaganda won. And of course, the winners are fighting corruption, but they will NEVER address the core and fundamental problems of Nigeria. Infact, they will deepen it.
      Na una vote dem. na una wahala be dat!!

  • akin

    Us and them mentality will get us nowhere . We have law and order issue and those that we have given the powers – Governors and ruling elite – have failed totally in giving us security. A criminal is a criminal no matter where he comes from and whether we are ibos, hausa , yorubas or whatever we have same ratio of bad eggs amongst us.
    Ironic two very privilege nigerian who should have contributed more to our country are fanning hatred among fellow nigerians

    • Nnamdi

      You are a typical yoruba coward. The fulanis are killing your people and you are still trying to be politically correct. Rid yourself of your slave mentality and just thank God that you have a few strong men like FFK who xan fight. If you cant support him at least just shut up and dont insult him. He is speaking for millions of us in the south and we love him and are praying for him.

      • Francis Akinnola

        Thanks Nnamdi

      • Dapo

        Nnamdi, it is shocking that you cannot see beyond the trap that is being set up for poor you and your family. I also am yoruba, however not to incite internal hatred isn’t cowardice but wisdom. Akin is the only sane respondent on this whole thread, and FFK should know better than to even start to foment anti govt feelings especially as he was part of the former govt and should have stepped in to solidify the institutions, systems and initiatives that would have ensured either a continuity of the government he was part of, or could have been a good launch pad for this new govt. Either way the people of the country, you and I would have benefitted from this positive mindset. A former minister even thinking about the country splintering? An absolute disgrace. There are so many reasons why the lagos he describes is changing, so that we will touch on another day. But Nnnamdi, last time there was a secession effort who lost over a million people? No my brother, that is not what we want. As Akin has said we want law and order, not hot headed reactionaries that will not know what to do when the going gets heated. One nigeria isn’t just a sentiment: it is our current and future reality. Roll up your sleeves and start building and bettering it for our children. Brazil, /china, Korea, India are growing and not squabbling. Fulani herdsmen? Arrest them . Oga FFK there will be no need to enforce law and order in a splintered nigeria, abi? Come on egbon, are you saying it will be any easier? Or would it be easier to sing your praises hypocritically to boost your ego, and encourage you to dig your own graves? Remember what the people’s revolution did to the Romanovs? You past administrators have a responsibility o! It’s time to use your role as an opposition voice to construct and not destroy o! This is not an act of fearlessness: enforce law and order, and stop the negativity sir.

    • Daniel

      This goes beyond criminality. This is internal colonialism.

      Nigeria cannot move forward the way it is right now. The constitution must be amended to give regions over their own affairs

  • Francis Akinnola

    Femi, I’m PROUD OF YOU! (please don’t mind the seeming rudeness in that statement, since you don’t even know me; but I was born in the 1950’s, grew up in the ’60’s, and knew a few things about your late father (great man!) my Mum was always excited about him! I have tried to follow your comments on social issues, and particularly as they relate to the welfare of the Yorubas; etc. Once again, I’m SO SO PROUD OF YOU! Thank you for being there! Thank you for speaking TRUTH; and FEARLESSLY TOO! If God makes our paths to cross, I’ll be so very glad! One thing is sure: I DO remember you in my prayers! (yes, I do!) You’re one person that we (the Yorubas) can count on to speak the TRUTH in matters of our welfare! And that DOES NOT in any way make you a “tribalist” in any negative sense of the word! No! It’s just that whether it’s Yoruba, the South, or Nigerians, you come out timely, clean, forthright, patriotic. May you continue to be strengthened by the Lord. I see what you’re doing as a CALLING from God; you will never be tired, in Jesus name. You will continue to receive great strength, courage and insight to speak the appropriate word at every defining moment. Amen. Perhaps one thing, above all, that endears you to me, is that you’re an UNPRETENTIOUS ARISTOCRAT, like my late father (a product of whom I am), so I can easily relate with you, your opinions, etc. May you never run dry. Amen. Love you, brother.

    • FFK

      Amen. Thanks very much sir. That is so encouraging. I am humbled and blessed by your kind words. God bless you and yours forever. Shalom.

  • mmadukaudegbune

    My vote is for outright disintegration of the British-created zoological republic affectionately called Nigeria. Any form of political structure or association that will preserve the geographical expression called Nigeria in its present state, be it Federalism, True Federalism, Fiscal Federalism or even Confederation, will never attract my vote. The sovereignty of the republic of Biafra – land of the rising sun – must be restored in my lifetime. However, any section or sections of Nigeria that are comfortable with remaining as Nigeria is/are free to do so. And unlike post 30th May 1967, no section must stop the restoration of Biafra again.

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