Former Vice President and a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar, has said that the APC will apply the principle of internal democracy in every elective position where the party fields candidates.
Abubakar, while receiving some senior party members from Nasarawa State in his residence over the weekend, said the principle of internal democracy was well entrenched in the APC and it is indeed the pivot upon which the party is built.
He said: “I have been an ardent advocate of internal democracy in party system through my political career and that is what the APC also stands for.
“I must say that a lot of times I have been misunderstood, but my insistence on free and transparent primaries is not about me, but because of thousands of our party members who should be allowed to exercise their most fundamental right of being members of a political party – the right to contest.
“Our great party, the APC, is built on the pivot of internal democracy and that is why you see that the party is attracting new membership by the day.
“The APC remains the strongest political party in Nigeria today because members of the party know that consensus or any such fraudulent method of imposition of candidates does not apply in the party. Our party is the only big party in Nigeria that gives its members the freedom for participatory election.
“A party comes out stronger when it employs the mechanisms of primaries in fielding candidates for elections.”