Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State has appealed to members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to ensure that the governorship primary election is peaceful.
He made this known in a statement on Thursday released by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
The governor, in the statement, said the party members must ensure that the governorship primary poll across the 177 wards of the party in the state is free and fair.
He also appreciated the aspirants for their great effort at mobilising for the ruling party and working hard to make sure the APC retain power in the state.
However, Fayemi also urged residents of the state to go about their daily routine without fear of intimidation, while calling on security operatives to protect the lives and properties of the citizens.
The Chairman of the APC Committee for Ekiti Governorship Primary, Gov Abubakar Badaru, has confirmed that no fewer than 183,000 members would be participating in the party’s primaries.
Badaru disclosed this in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital yesterday during an interaction with the APC aspirants.
The Jigawa governor disclosed that the APC had adopted direct primaries (Option A4) mode to select its flag bearer in the June 18 governorship election.
He said the party will be using both primary and secondary school playgrounds as venues for the exercises to select the party’s candidate.
No fewer than eight aspirants had shown interest in the APC governorship ticket.
They include the National Assembly member, Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele; former Minister of Works, Sen. Dayo Adeyeye; House of Representatives member, Femi Bamisile.
Others are the immediate past Secretary to Ekiti Government, Biodun Oyebanji, who is being touted as the anointed candidate of the state governor; former House of Representatives member, Bamidele Faparusi; former governorship aspirant, Kayode Ojo; an Aviation expert, Demola Popoola and Olusola Afolabi.