Leaders of South West All Progressives Congress (APC) met on Friday with governorship aspirants of the party in Ekiti State.

Twenty three of the 33 aspirants attended the meeting held at the old State House, Marina in Lagos.

The leaders promised to be on ground during the primaries to ensure the process would be well managed.

Leaders who met with the aspirants included, National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, former National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, former Ogun State governor, Aremo Olusegun Osoba and former governor of the state, Niyi Adebayo.

Others were Pius Akinyelure, State Chairman of the party, Jide Awe, Secretary and  Paul Omotoso.

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After the meeting, Tinubu told reporters that the South-West leadership of the party called the meeting to assure the aspirants that the APC leadership in the geopolitical zone would be non-partisan and non-aligned with any of them in the forthcoming primary election.

Tinubu said: “What I admire about them is that we called them and they answered our call. They all asked for a free, fair and transparent process and that is what we are committed to doing.

“The leadership is determined to respect that wish. There would be no interference, no collusion with any of them.

"But we told them they must all maintain peace. And once we all recognise our roles and play the roles, we will all move forward".

On his part, Akande said: “We are non-partisan; we are out to create a level-playing field. Whoever emerges at the end of the day is our candidate".

Dele Okeya, one of the governorship aspirants, who was mandated to speak on behalf of the aspirants, described the meeting as fruitful, while thanking the leaders for their intervention.

Okeya said: “We all resolved that the primary election in Ekiti would be credible, fair and transparent.

“We are happy our leaders gave the undertaking that the primaries would be transparent. The leaders pledged to come to Ekiti to ensure that the process is transparent and hitch-free. They also resolved to come after the primaries to ensure we remain cohesive and we have an all-inclusive APC going into the governorship election”.

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Among the governorship aspirants at the meeting were Babafemi Ojodu, Kayode Fayemi, Bimbo Daramola, Opeyemi Bamidele, Femi Bamisile, Bamidele Faparusi, Bayo Idowu, Sesan Fatoba, Bisi Aloba, Adebayo Orire, Femi Thomas and Wole Oluyede.

Segun Oni and Ayo Arise arrived shortly after the meeting had ended owing to flight delay from Abuja. They said they agreed with the resolutions reached at the meeting.

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