Ekiti governorship: PDP sets up committee for primary election

Ekiti governorship: PDP sets up committee for primary election

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…as Adeyeye, Olujimi protest

The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State has constituted a five-man election primary committee, headed by the party chairman, while the secretary, state publicity secretary, organising secretary and the state women leader are members.
The committee is set up to receive letter of intent from governorship contestants ahead of the gubernatorial primary election of the party.
But the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, has already endorsed his deputy, Prof. Olusola Eleka, as his successor, while observers see any proposed primary election as mere formality.
However, other contestants who include Prince Dayo Adeyeye, and Senator Abiodun Olujimi, have kicked against what they termed as imposition of candidate by Fayose, insisting that the governor is bent on imposing the deputy governor on the party, and that the state’s party leaders are only acting out Fayose’s script.
The Chairman of the party, Mr. Gboyega Oguntuwase, who announced the constitution of the primary election committee at the weekend, said all other information regarding the said primary would be made available to all, “at the appropriate
time.”
He said the letter of intent would be signed by the aspirants and countersigned by 10 members of the PDP in each of the 16 local government areas.
“To accompany this letter of intent are the following documents: educational certificate, evidence of tax payment, birth certificate/declaration of age, sworn affidavits that you are not an ex-convict or standing trial for any crime presently, and four passport photographs.
According to the PDP chairman, organising a free and fair election for Ekiti PDP is not negotiable “because it is the constitutional responsibility of the
party.”
He declared, “I thank God that men of the state working committee are men without blemish and men with clean records and this will make the conduct of the election not to be hijacked with the power of money by adventurous politicians.”

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