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Ekiti: APC chieftains want direct primary

By Emmanuel Aziken
A group of stakeholders in the Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC yesterday called for direct primaries as the only way to go in resolving the imbroglio over the nomination of the party’s candidate.

•Chairman of the Electoral Committee and Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Tanko Almakura displaying the ballot paper to the delegates at the Ekiti state APC GovernorshipPrimary Election which held at the Kayode Oluyemi stadium Ado Ekiti on Saturday. Photo Dare Fasube.

The ten stakeholders in a statement issued to the press yesterday said that 17 of the 24 aspirants at a parley chose that option over the option of indirect primaries and consensus that have also been adduced.

Noting that direct primaries would remove the bribery and other malfeasances that were replete during the botched primary election, the stakeholders called on the National Working Committee, NWC to do the right thing to salvage the image of the party by opting for that route.

The ten chieftains who canvassed the option were Chief Segun Ajibulu (North); Chief Odetola (Odelodu) (North); Chief Olu Oyewole Akewi, (North); Ambassador M. Onipede, (South); Hon Femi Adeleye, (North); Engineer Bode Adetunji, (Central) and Chief Tope Omoshilade, (Central). Others were Pastor Egbeyemi, (Central); Hon Funmilola Adeyemo (Central) and Chief (Mrs) Kehinde Olokeshusi, (South).

They said: “We note with dismay the irregularities that preceded that exercise including shoddy arrangements by the organizing committee, lack of clear guidelines by the primary committee, the conflict of interest of its members, use of levers of violence and security agencies at the primary grounds and violation of secret ballot rules including evidence of primary delegates compromised by bribes, threats and intimidation.

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