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Ekiti State APC Governorship Aspirants Meet After Primary Election Saga ...Writes Party Secretariat



Ekiti 2018 Governorship Aspirants
Ado-Ekiti | Contact telephone: 0807-489-1112

7th May, 2018.




The Chairman,
National Working Committee,
All Progressives Congress (APC),
Abuja.

Dear Sir,
Re: Ekiti State Governorship Primary Election

Consequent upon the embarrassing and unfortunate events, which occurred at the botched 5th May 2018 APC governorship primary election in Ekiti State, we the governorship aspirants had a meeting on Sunday 6th May, 2018 at Midas Hotel Ado Ekiti. All the thirty-three (33) aspirants were invited. Twenty (20) aspirants were present at the meeting while two (2) sent in their representatives, while nine (9) were unavoidably absent. The remaining two (2) did not respond to the invitation.

2. We condemn in strong terms the disorderly conduct recorded at the venue of the primary election, which led to the abortion of the process. Similarly, we condemn the electoral manipulation/corruption, which was manifested in various forms in the course of the exercise - sequestration of delegates, inducement and illegal monetization of the voting process, among others. Furthermore, we register our disappointment with the unsatisfactory level of preparedness for and conduct of the primary election. 

3. We discussed the way out of the current imbroglio and came to the following conclusions and recommendations:

a) That a fresh election be conducted within 72 hours to determine who represents the party in the forthcoming July 14 governorship election in Ekiti as the 5th May exercise was compromised;

b) That a new elections committee be constituted to address the issue of conflict of interest of at least three (3) key members of the Governor Al-Makura-led Committee which was discovered in the course of the election to favour one of the aspirants (a business associate, a friend and a landlord), at the expense of the remaining thirty-two; 

c) That security agencies be unbiased in ensuring a free, fair and credible election since it was obvious they had sympathy for one of the aspirants, which resulted in the security lapses recorded in the course of the exercise, such as the unrestricted invasion of the election venue by friends and associates of one of the aspirants who expectedly interfered with the voting process; 

d) That the quality of the ballot paper be improved because the photographs of the aspirants on the ballot papers used for the cancelled poll were blurred, small, and the names of aspirants were muddled. All these made it difficult for delegates to identify their preferred candidates;

e) That the NWC appeals to executive governors in the neighbouring states to please support the process in the interest of the party instead of showing bias to one of the aspirants;

f) That aspirants and delegates should respect the secrecy of the ballot. No aspirant should demand evidence from delegates.

4. We however note with dismay the seeming non-impartiality of the National Working Committee (NWC), especially some of its key members already evidenced by how the botched exercise was organized. It has also been widely reported by the PUNCH newspaper of today, Monday, May 7 that already the Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi has taken a position contrary to what was agreed after the Saturday event by ALL aspirants with the Al Makura committee. Instead, the APC Publicity Secretary seems to be singing from the same page as one of the aspirants that granted an interview on Sunday afternoon and took exactly the same position as the publicity secretary of “continuation”, even when it is practically and legally impossible to do, especially, since the State Exco of the party has called for cancellation just like the under signed. To this end, given especially the haste of its response and coordination with the particular aspirant in whose favour it tipped the initial arrangements, we ask the National Working Committee to recuse itself further from this process. The only way out as a result is to refer the report of the Al Makura committee promptly to the full NEC of the APC in an emergency meeting where the President and leader of the party working with South West regional leaders can take a firm position on the way forward in adherence to the party’s constitution.

5. We thank you in anticipation of a prompt response so that our esteemed party can produce a candidate for the July 14, 2018 governorship election before the INEC cut-off date of May 14, 2018. 

6. Please rest assured of our best regards, as always.


Sincerely,

  • Dr. (Mrs) Mojisola Yaya-Kolade
  • Dr. Wole Oluyede
  • Rev (Dr.) Bayo Oriire
  • H. E. Engr. Segun Oni
  • Mr. Kayode Ojo
  • Captain Sunday Adebomi
  • Chief Diran Adesua
  • Senator Ayo Arise
  • Rt. Hon. Femi Bamisile
  • Mr. Bodunde Adeyanju
  • Hon. Bimbo Daramola
  • Hon. Engr. Bamidele Faparusi
  • Chief Sesan Fatoba
  • Senator Babafemi Ojudu
  • Otunba Bisi Aloba
  • Mr. Ajayi Olatunji Olowo, ESQ
  • Dr. Wole Oluleye
  • Mr. Debo Ranti Ajayi
  • Mr. Kolawole Alabi
  • Senator Gbenga Aluko
  • Mr. Olumuyiwa M. Olumilua
  • Mr. Victor Kolade

CC:
Party Leader, President Muhammadu Buhari
Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo
National Vice-Chairman, South West
National Secretary
Ekiti State APC Chairman
Chief Bisi Akande
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu


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