Ekiti APC Aspirants Defy Oshiomhole, Adopt Indirect Primary

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Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti

Aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in

Ekiti State, yesterday, protested against the adoption of indirect system

for the conduct of National and State Assembly primaries that would

hold today.

In what could be described as a confrontation with the Adams

Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee of the APC , the State

Working Committee of the party, yesterday agreed to adopt indirect

option for the primary election to select candidates for the 2019

elections.

The NWC had last week released the guidelines for the conduct of the

primaries in all the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory and

direct primary was specifically slated for Ekiti .

But the party’s SWC in the state at its emergency meeting held yesterday, took

a decision that ran contrary to what the Oshiomhole-led NWC had

directed , by opting for indirect system .

A statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Ade Ajayi, cited

security challenges to justify the action.

The statement reads: “The Ekiti State APC had unanimously adopted

indirect primary for the conduct of state and national assembly

primaries scheduled for October 2, 3 and 4, respectively.

“This decision was taken in line with the party’s constitution and

having considered the security challenges of the state presently”.

Ajayi said the motion for the adoption of indirect was moved by an

ex-officio member, Mr. Akinleye Michael and seconded by the party’s

Chairman in Oye Council, Mr. Olumide Adeyanju.