Heineken Lokpobiri, former minister of state for agriculture, has said method of primaries adopted by the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, will not divide the party.
Lokpobiri, who is a governorship aspirant under the umbrella of the party in the upcoming polls, said despite different opinions on the method to be used, the party would eventually come to an agreement on what was best for it.
Speaking through the director-general of his Campaign Organisation, Warman Ogoriba, in Lagos on Monday, the aspirant said the APC would not make mistakes like what happened in some states, including Rivers, that deprived the party of participation in the governorship election.
“I said it before and am still reiterating it, the best option for the party in Bayelsa, considering certain peculiarities of the state is indirect primaries.
“The constitution says that leadership of the party has the authority to choose direct or indirect primaries.
“Our stakeholders meeting in Bayelsa on Tuesday deadlocked but it is to be expected in democracy.
“In fact, it goes a long way to show the internal democracy in the party, where members and aspirants are allowed to be part of decisions on method.
“Having lost the governorship seat of Rivers and other oil producing states, the APC leadership will not do anything that will cost it the governorship seat of Bayelsa State.
“That our meeting deadlocked is not tantamount to division or fight.
“It simply means that in the end, members through the leadership will choose an option that is best in choosing who flies the APC flag in Bayelsa State”, he said.
Lokpobiri urged the party’s leadership at both national and state levels to ensure that all aspirants were given fair chance, and carried along in every decision. He said ensuring that would encourage others to support whoever emerges.
“Already there is a major crack in the opposition camp and while we are watching it play out, we will not allow such to happen in APC.
“What is most important is that at the end, the best man gets the ticket and is supported by the entire party which is the first hurdle to cross in the race before elections”, he added.
Lokpobiri also warned that a mistake by the party to field an unpopular candidate, might result in easy ride for the opposition.
“The first task in wining in the state is to come up with a formidable candidate loved by the people,” he said further.
The governorship election in the state will take place on November 16.