Ekiti Governorship: APC Primaries Suspended
The governorship primaries of the All Progressive Congress in Ekiti has been stalemated.
The Tanko Al-Makura led committee has suspended the exercise over issues of violence at the venue of the exercise on Saturday.
An aspirant Bimbo Daramola who spoke to newsmen said the Electoral Committee must come out with a workable arrangement to ensure transparency in the exercise.
An election observer recounted what led to the violence at venue of APC gubernatorial primary election in Ekiti State
The observer said: “We saw police officers voting, we also have evidence of someone pointing and telling people where to vote, and we also saw former governor who was siting down there and directing his agents to talk to DSS agents who were directing people to vote. “This is clearly a compromised election and when an election is compromised, people fight back. What we’re only seeing here is a symptom of people feeling that they’ve been disenfranchised and we should not allow it.”
Bounce News gathered 2,408 delegates were accredited for the exercise across the 16 LGAs in the state and delegates from four LGAs had voted when chaos broke.
Meanwhile, the State APC Chairman, Jide Awe has dismissed the allegation of compromise against the party is baseless.
Awe said: “There is no preferred candidate. People will have their own opinion but I have been the chairman of this party for the past 12 years. I know each and every one of the aspirants.
"Among those contesting are my exco members. We are not enemies, we are friends. As far as we are concerned, the 33 people are for us and when one of them emerges today after this process, he becomes the candidate of our party,”
All the aspirants later met with Governor Al-Makura following the outbreak of violence.
Most of the aspirants during the meeting wanted the exercise to be rescheduled.
An aspirant was accused of conspiring with operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to ensure that the outcome favours him.
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