Ekiti Governorship: Again, Tinubu, Akande Meet APC Aspirants
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has again met with the governorship aspirants of the party in Ekiti State.
The meeting took place on Tuesday evening at the Lagos State government lodge in Asokoro, Abuja.
Other leaders of the party in the South West who attended the meeting include pioneer National Chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, former Ogun State governor, Segun Osoba, former Ekiti State governor Niyi Adebayo and the Zonal Vice Chairman Pius Akinyelure.
Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi; APC Deputy Chairman (South), Segun Oni; and Politcal Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, Babafemi Ojudu were some of the aspirants present.
Tuesday's meeting will be the second meeting the APC leaders will be having with the aspirants in the last two weeks.
The leaders had earlier met with the aspirants in Lagos on April 28.
Tuesday's meeting was also attended by the Chairman of the Primary Election Committee and Nasarawa state governor, Tanko Al-Makura
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Speaking with newsmen after the meeting, Akande said the meeting took a decision they felt will be in the general interest of the party and the nation.
He said they will convey the decision they arrived at the end of the meeting to the leadership of the party, saying “we will convey our resolution to the party and the party will be able to tell you.
“We took a decision on what will be the best advantage to our party and the country. Consensus is already written in our constitution and it is an option. Also primary election is already in our constitution. But what we want is the general happiness of the leaders of the party, the contestants and our party.”
On whether the aspirants agreed to step down for one of them, he said “that option is given to them, but it require them going back, think about it and inform us.
On a fresh primary, he said “we are going to talk to the party about what the aspirants have said and what we all thought was best and we know that the party will take the right decision.
“The party choose the old date, choose the modalities and the method of doing it and when it was aborted, the party it cancelled it. Who am I to say I disagree with that. I was not part of that process. I am now going to be part of the new process so that we don’t have the kind of problems we had.”
This meeting comes few hours after APC spokesman, Bolaji Abdullahi, announced that a fresh primary election would hold on Friday .
Recall that the primary election, which held on Saturday was suspended indefinitely over violence that erupted on alleged fraud being perpetrated by a particular aspirant.
Thirty three aspirants are seeking the ticket of the party for the July 14 election.
The APC has up till Monday to present its candidate to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
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