Twenty-seven out of the about 33 governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state have reportedly vowed to resist the plan by the National Secretariat to continue last Saturday’s primary election from where it stopped.
The Nation reports that while addressing a news conference on Monday, May 7, the aspirants led by former Governor Segun Oni said they were not in support of the position of the National Working Committee (NWC) as canvassed by the APC spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi.
According to them, anything short of conduct of fresh primary won’t stand adding that a fresh electoral committee to conduct a new primary must be constituted.
They claimed to have lost confidence in the Governor Umaru Al-Makura-led panel which oversaw the botched primary.
“Ballots used for last Saturday’s (May 5) primary are no longer valid and tenable,” they said arguing that the ballots were not counted in public.
The report mentioned Oni, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, Hon Opeyemi Bamidele, Hon Bimbo Daramola, Senator Ayo Arise, Senator Gbenga Aluko, Kola Alabi, Muyiwa Olumilua, Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, Debo Ajayi, Bayo Orire, Hon Bamidele Faparusi, Chief Diran Adesua, Mr Ajayi Olowo, among others as present at the conference.
The report added that Mojisola Yaya-Kolade, a spokesperson for the aspirants, said the integrity and credibility of the ballot papers used for the primary could no longer be vouched for hence the need to conduct a fresh primary.
She said: “The whole world could see how they smashed the ballot boxes and displayed it on swampy ground that day. The ballot papers were not counted and we can’t vouch for its credibility any longer.
“By this act, the voting process had been violated and we are requesting for a fresh and new primary. We also request for a new committee to conduct the primary, because many of those in the panel are business associate of an aspirant. Some of them are incurably one sided.”
On allegation it was a gang-up against Kayode Fayemi, she said: “This is not true, it is a statement that we need transparency, because he who comes to equity must come with clean hands."
Oni added: “This is a political party and nobody can just wake up and say he wants to remove party leaders without following due process.
“There are processes spelt out for the removal of a state Chairman and other members of his council. Unfortunately, these people are getting desperate and they continue to get desperate and this will lead us nowhere.
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“We can’t be coerced, intimidated or repressed by anybody, this party belongs to all of us. They should be careful, so that they won’t lead us into chaos.
“We beg those propelling them, those behind them to take caution in the interest of our party.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that as some political analysts had feared in recent times, the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state was stalled on Saturday, May 5, following an escalate violence that forced members to scamper to safety.
It was reported that the exercise was stalled as a result of the tensed environment which forced security personnel shooting sporadically to calm nerves and ensure peace.
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