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Ekiti: APC Breaks Silence On Governorship Primary Election Crisis

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The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State has reacted to the claims that the governorship primary election of the party had been postponed.

Naija News had earlier reported that the ruling party scheduled its primary election for today (Thursday).

Recall that the lawmaker representing Ekiti central senatorial district, Opeyemi Bamidele, asked the APC to cancel the primary election.

The Governorship aspirant alleged that the people on the election committee for the primary are aides of the state Governor, Kayode Fayemi, who are working to ensure that Biodun Oyebanji, the alleged anointed aspirant of the governor gets the party’s ticket.

Moments after, seven governorship aspirants on the platform of the ruling party expressed their grievances over the allegation that the committee is made up of Fayemi’s loyalists.

The APC in a statement released through the secretary of the primary election committee, Victor Olabimtan, said the exercise will take place as scheduled in all the 177 wards of the state.

The committee assured the public of a level-playing field for all aspirants.

“The Ekiti State APC governorship primary election Committee wishes to assure the general public that a level playing field that will guarantee fairness, openness and transparency has been adopted by the Committee,” the statement reads.

“It is an incontrovertible fact that every member of the appointed Electoral Officers for today’s primary election is a bonafide member of Ekiti State APC.

“You will recall that during the stakeholders’ meeting between the Committee, aspirants and others yesterday, this issue was raised and exhaustively discussed, and to reinforce confidence in the process, it was agreed that each aspirant should nominate 20 people each to be part of the process. All the aspirants took advantage of this window of opportunity and submitted the list of their nominated electoral officers.

“All the submitted lists have been added to the existing arrangement, assigned to various wards and local governments. They have all been incorporated.”

The committee called on APC members in the state to go to their wards and exercise their voting rights “without fear or intimidation”.

“The adopted option A4 is the most transparent form of election.”

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