An aspirant, aspiring to be a lawmaker in the Ogun State House Assembly under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has finally revealed why some authorities within the party are boycotting the direct primaries and opting for consensus instead.
Dr Olaolu Kehinde, a medical doctor made the revelation in Abeokuta while declaring his intention to represent Abeokuta South Constituency 1 at the State House of Assembly.
Speaking with journalists at the Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat, he insisted that direct primaries was a one stop solution to impunity, imperialism, rascality and political dictatorship.
Olaolu wondered why some top leaders within the party, especially in the state would frown at it.
He attributed their phobia for direct primaries to fear of unknown, lack of popularity, as they had hidden agenda and fear of repercussions.Adejoke Adeleye, Abeokuta
Citing possible implications of the direct primaries, he said, it would return power to the people and encourage democracy, triggered direct interface between leaders, aspirants and party members as well as limit coercion, imposition and rascality by the beneficiaries of past electoral abnormalities , among others.
According to him, consensus was to thwart the wish of the people by a few powerful people, arguing that a democrat would never be afraid of the test of his popularity among the people he claims to lead.
He commended President Muhammadu Burari-led administration, describing him as a leader per excellent.
His words: “I must commend President Buhari and our National Chairman, Adams Osiomole for aligning with the fundamental principle of democracy and adhering to the yearning of the party faithful for direct primaries.”
Speaking on his ambition, the aspirant said he was poised to serve his people in the legislature by pushing for legal frameworks that encouraged youth empowerment and promotion of adequate healthcare delivery.