By Dayo Johnson
THE crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State, deepened weekend, over the opposition of the faction of the party aligned to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to the introduction of the direct primary mode of electing candidates of the party in the forthcoming elections.
While associates of Senator Ajayi Boroffice have vowed to enthrone the direct primary method, their move is being seriously challenged by the branch of the party associated with the governor.
Senator Ajayi Boroffice had raised the issue in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Kayode Fakuyi, where he endorsed the use of the direct primary method.
“The party has adopted the direct primary as the only means of electing party candidates in Ondo State and other APC- governed states for the 2019 general elections.
“The adoption of direct primary is a settled matter because the National leadership of the APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and other prominent leaders of the party have declared firm support for it.
“The position of APC on direct primary is clear. It states that direct primary will hold in APC-governed states while indirect primary/delegate primary will hold in states where the state governments are not governed by APC.
“The adoption of direct primary by the APC will deepen democracy and ensure popular participation.”
You can’t dictate to the party — Ondo APC
Reacting in a separate statement, the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Alex Kalejaye, and Director of Media and Publicity, Steve Otaloro, said: “It is inappropriate for Senator Ajayi Boroffice to speak on behalf of the State chapter, especially where there is a vibrant Working Committee, led by Engr. Ade Adetimehin, in place.
“It is the responsibility of the leadership of the APC to brainstorm, as it has been done elsewhere, and come up with a position that would be announced through the right channels.
“The said statement casts him as evolving the rules in a contest he is going to be a contestant. Such uncharitable statement possibly arose out of jealousy for his co-contestants who are more entrenched in the party than he is among the delegates.