BY HENRY UMORU
ABUJA—MOVES to get a consensus candidate as the standard bearer for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the June 21 Ekiti State governorship election, has failed. Therefore, all the aspirants will this Saturday go for primary election.
The inability of the 14 cleared aspirants to come up with a consensus candidate after a closed door meeting at the PDP presidential campaign office, Legacy House, Maitama, Abuja yesterday, forced the national leadership of the party to insist on the conduct of primary election.
The meeting which had most of the aspirants in attendance was presided over by the national chairman of the PDP, Dr. Adamu Mu’azu.
The cleared aspirants to participate are Obafemi Peter; Bejide Oluwadare; Caleb Olubolade; Adedayo Adeyeye; Ayodele Fayose; Adeyanju Bodunde; Ogundipe Modupe Margaret; Abiodun Aluko; Oladeji Omoyeni; Sen. Gbenga Aluko; Oluropo Ogunbolude; Omalara Adubiaro; Ajayi Ayodeji Eldad and Adewale Aribisala.
It was learnt that while most of the aspirants backed the consensus candidate arrangement as advised by President Goodluck Jonathan, former governor of the state and an aspirant, Mr. Ayo Fayose insisted on the conduct of primaries.
Speaking at the end of the meeting with the aspirants, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh who disclosed that the party’s national leadership told the aspirants that the party would only support the consensus arrangement if all the aspirants agreed among themselves, said that if a candidate refuses with the consensus arrangement, the party would have no choice than to organise a transparent, free and fair primaries so that the constitutional right of all aspirants are secured.
Metuh who disclosed that Ward congresses for the selection of its delegates for the primaries which was scheduled to hold last week would hold tomorrow, said: “It is the desire of the PDP that we have a consensus candidate in Ekiti State with a proviso that it must be unanimous.
“By chance if one or two persons disagree, we must respect the Constitution of the PDP by concluding the exercise.
“We have sold forms and we will go for the election accordingly. We are in Abuja, we are not looking for governor of Abuja, we are looking for governor in Ekiti State and Ekiti people will participate in choosing their governor.”