The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC has ordered a re-conduct of the governorship primary election in Ekiti State. The new date is Friday, May 11, 2018.
This followed the cancellation of the results of last Saturday’s botched gubernatorial primary election in the state.
The Committee arrived at this decision after a marathon session between Monday and Tuesday in Abuja and barred agents of aspirants who were identified to have disrupted the process from further participating in the primary election in whatever capacity.
“Perhaps, more importantly is that the exercise of Saturday is cancelled and would now be conducted this Friday, 11th May, 2018”, said Bolaji Abdullahi, APC Spokesperson told journalists on Tuesday.
He explained that “the existing primary election committee is maintained, except the secretary who will now be substituted”.
Magaji Aliyu, Secretary of the committee who is a member of the House of Representatives had come under intense criticisms by some aspirants who accused him of trying to subvert the process, but Abdullahi said Aliyu was never indicted for compromising the process but that ” virtually all aspirants complained that the secretary has a close relationship with one of their colleagues and so we decided to drop him in order to guard the integrity of the process and not because he was found to have compromised”.
Other members of the committee who would work alongside its chairman, Gov. Umar Tanko al-Makura of Nasarawa state are; Mr. Duke Oshodin; Barr. Robert Okwuego and Mr. Tunde Balogun. According to the party, “All Identified unruly agents that participated in the suspended primary election of 5′” May 2018 are disqualified from participating In the rescheduled primary as agents.
Accordingly, the following individuals are hereby disqualified from participating as agents or partaking in the rescheduled primary in whatever capacity; Ayodeji Omowaye, Rotimi Faleye, Kayode Afolabi, Oladele Ademola Samuel, Oyetunde Ojo, Akintade Olayisade and Temitope Adewumi.