- Former deputy governor of Ondo state, Alli Olanusi and Senator Ajayi Boroffice, have rejected the indirect primaries option adopted by the leaders of APC in the state
- APC had on Wednesday, September 5, adopted indirect primaries to select its candidates ahead of 2019 general elections
- Olanusi, however, described the adoption of indirect primaries in the state as exercise in futility
The crisis rocking the Ondo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken another twist as Ali Olanusi, a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party rejected the final decision to adopt indirect primaries for the selection of candidates for elective posts ahead of 2019 elections.
Leadership reports that Olanusi, who is an erstwhile deputy governor of the state, described the party's decision to adopt an indirect primaries as an “exercise in futility.”
NAIJ.com gathered while speaking to journalists in Akure, he said that the decisions adopted by the leaders of Ondo APC on Wednesday, September 5, was an “arrangement.”
He explained how he was cohorted to the stakeholders meeting held at the APC secretariat and led by Ade Adetimehin, the party’s chairman to support the indirect primary mode but refused to buy into the option.
“I discovered there was no agenda for the meeting and they never brief me about what they wanted to do. But I was thinking the stakeholders meeting was called and to brief us about decision taken at the national secretariat.
“I tried to explain to them that there was no credible congresses during the last congress of our party held in the state. Because the names were written without the people attending any congress and they cannot use that documents for indirect primaries”, he said.
He complained that many of the new members had not register and noted that it would be better for the APC to adopt consensus candidate to be handled by the party’s leaders.
Olanusi, however, stated that he was not part of the decision to adopt indirect primaries for all elections.
He added: “Some states agreed on consensus candidate and if they had agreed on my suggestion we will have adopted consensus. Therefore, I disassociates myself from the Akeredolu and his cabinet and the party executives.
“But to my surprise the next thing they did was to call for motion for the adoption of the indirect primary. It was moved by the speaker of the House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun.
“But I left immediately they called for motion for the adoption of the indirect primaries for candidates.”
He added that he was invited by the leadership of the party because his presence would give credibility and legitimacy to such decision as member of BoT of the APC.
“It was an arranged meeting, if I had pre-knowledge of the meeting I wouldn’t have attend the meeting.
“Those behind the meeting are mischievous and kept the motive away from critical stakeholders who will query their decision.”
He maintained that the process that produced the current state executive led by Ade Adetimehin was not also credible.
Also, the senator representing Ondo north senatorial district, Ajayi Boroffice, has condemned the Ondo state executive committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held in Akure to adopt an indirect primaries.
Boroffice in a statement signed by his media aide, Kayode Fakuyi, said he was not invited to the venue of the stakeholders meeting where such decision was made.
He noted that the decision to adopt indirect primaries for elective positions in the party in the state was not the true reflection and correct representation of APC position in Ondo state.
“The only decision that can be said to be the position of the party is the decision that emanated from wide consultations and engagements with party stakeholders and aspirants, like the National leadership of APC directed.
“Whatever decision they take is not effective. At best, it is a proposal. It is subject to approval or rejection by the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC.
“As at today, the APC has adopted direct primaries for all elections in Ondo state. If primary election is conducted in Ondo state today, it will be by direct primary,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that controversy reportedly greeted the adoption of indirect primaries to pick Oyo state governorship candidate and other candidates for state and National Assemblies under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of 2019 general elections.
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