..Party Denies Plan To Impose Candidate, Promises Free And Fair Primaries
By Wasiu Owolewa, Ado-Ekiti
On Friday, 6th of May, 2022, some party members of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti state staged a peaceful protest against the alleged imposition of candidates for House of Assembly seat ahead of the party’s primary slated for this month.
The party members were seen gathered at the state party office in Ado-Ekiti with various placards, saying No to imposition of candidates and calling for free and fair primary election.
The protest followed a rejection by the nine House of Assembly aspirants for Ado Constituency 1 and 2.
The aspirants have earlier written a protest letter over the imposition of candidates for the House of Assembly seats which was copied to the state Governor, Deputy Governor, State Attorney General, APC LG party Chairman and the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti.
The protest letter reads;
“We aspirants to the dignified positions of house of assembly Ado-Ekiti 1 and 2 constituency hereby willing and voluntarily enect to say as follows on nominating assembly members for Ado-Ekiti:
1, That there must be primaries in both constituencies
2. That we wholeheartedly to appeal for level playing group for all aspirants that have showed interest till now, May 1st, 2022.
3. That the party should adhere strictly to the date early fixed by the party NEC(20th May, 2022) and proper monitored by all the relevant agencies i.e National Secretariat, INEC, Police etc)
4. That the primaries in both constituencies must hold the same day and simultaneously and result should be declared at the venue in line with electoral acts as amended
5. Very importantly we severally and jointly abhor any kind of imposition of anybody as candidate for the House of assembly of Ado 1 and 2 in Ado-Ekiti LG”
Our correspondent also learnt that the letter was duly signed by nine house of assembly aspirants. The aspirants are, Orija Sesan Talent, ward 9, Jide Akintola, ward 11, Ajisafe Adenike Helen, ward 5, Aduloju Femi Joshua, ward 3, Olatunde Layi Oso, Adeyemo Femi Ogundele, Ayodeji Adarabierin Asipa, Ojo Olumide Ibrahim, Ojo Omotunde Omotee.
Meanwhile the party has called for calmness among the protesting party members and assured them of free and fair primaries for aspirants vying for different positions.
The position of the party was made known through the State Public Relation Officer of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti state, Mr. Segun Dipe while addressing the protesters yesterday at the party secretariat in Ado-Ekiti.
Mr Segun Dipe stated further that all aspirants would be treated fairly and all procedures would be followed in the conduct of the party primaries.