An All Progressives Congress (APC) committee has disagreed on applying direct primaries by parties to select their candidates.
President Muhammadu Buhari had set up the enlarged Tripartite Committee to resolve the differences within APC on the mode of primaries for nominating candidates.
But at the end of the enlarged meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa Abuja on Tuesday, the committee could not agree with members of the National Assembly over the issue of direct or indirect primary.
The committee that had members of the Executive, Legislature and the APC failed to convince members of the National Assembly on the need to provide an alternative for the direct primary option.
At the meeting, members of the National Assembly insisted that direct primary remains the way to go because it has been working for the electorate.
The meeting comes hours after the passage of the electoral bill by the National Assembly, which has approved direct primaries as the only mode of primaries upon which political parties will pick candidates for general elections.
Addressing State House correspondents after the meeting, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello said that the governors do not have a problem with the provision.
He, however, argued that it leaves the party with no alternative.
Governor Bello noted that the final decision on the matter rests with President Buhari, who is expected to assent to the electoral bill.