Ahead of the party primaries of the Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scheduled to hold tomorrow, Saturday, May 27, 2017, the National Legal Adviser of the party, Dr. Muiz Banire, SAN, has warned that the process to select flag-bearers should not be manipulated in favour of certain candidates.
Dr. Banire who opposed the decision to conduct primaries election for all the aspirants in a centralized location said the process was alien to the party and not in the APC constitution.
In a letter addressed to the State Chairman, Henry Ajomale, Dr. Banire stressed that the Local Government Executives are empowered by the APC constitution to designate suitable venues for the exercise.
“As the custodian of the party constitution, it is of utmost necessity for me to say immediately that this will not be in consonant with the letter and the spirit of the constitution. The (APC) constitution confers the power to designate the venue of such council primaries in the party Executive of the Local Government,” he said.
In addition, Dr. Banire asked the state chairman to comply with the provision of the APC constitution by stopping all arrangements for tomorrow’s centralised primaries to allow the local government executives designate a venue for the exercise in their respective councils.
“I must say that I do not want to believe that the essence of seeking to centralize the conduct of the primaries is to manipulate and rig the process in favour of certain imposed candidates.
“To avoid this, and in line with our great party’s practice of publicizing the conduct of primaries (right from the conduct of primary for presidential election to the primaries for election at the state level – gubernatorial and National assembly), the same tradition must continue with the primaries into local governments,” Dr. Banire added.
The legal luminary however called for transparency and fairness in the conduct of the primary elections to avoid any exercise in futility.
You would recall that the Lagos chapter of the APC earlier announced that it would hold a unified primary election at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, tomorrow, Saturday, May 27, 2017.