As the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti gets set for the governorship primary slated for April 2018, prominent aspirants on the party’s platform have appealed to the National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus to conduct a free, fair and credible primary election.

The aspirants, including the senator representing Ekiti South, Biodun Olujimi; a former Minister of Works, Adedayo Adeyeye; a former Ambassador to Canada, Dare Bejide; and a former Commissioner for Justice, Owoseeni Ajayi, said the party stands the risk of losing Ekiti if Governor Ayodele Fayose is allowed to subvert the party’s constitution and impose his anointed candidate.

Fayose has anointed his deputy, Prof. Kolapo Olusola, as the sole candidate of the party, which has caused serious crisis within the party.

At a press conference jointly addressed by the aspirants in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, the aspirants in their prayers, said: “they reject without reservation the adoption of Prof Olusola as the sole candidate for the July 14 governorship election”.

The text of the speech read by Adeyeye called on the National Chairman of the party to exclude Fayose and the State Chairman of the party, Gboyega Oguntuase from partaking in the conduct of the primary, saying the “duo have already compromised, they have taken positions and cannot be fair to all the aspirants”.

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They demanded further: “the State Working Committee (SWC) having betrayed its expected neutrality role, should be disqualified in the process leading to the gubernatorial primary in April. We demand for a caretaker committee to replace them for the state.

“Governor Fayose has pitched his tent with Prof Olusola and he should be disqualified from playing any role. The relevant provisions of the electoral Act and the PDP constitution should be followed strictly and arbitrary and illegal use of state apparatus like radio and television stations to subvert the truth must stop”, they said.

Answering questions on why they fell out with Fayose, Adeyeye advised Secondus to act fast and checkmate Fayose to prevent the calamity that befell PDP in Ondo from playing out in Ekiti.

Olujimi added: “whoever says we are politicians that can be wished away will have himself to blame, the result will be grievous.

“We don’t want to lose Ekiti but Governor Fayose is messing up the whole process. It was because people like us worked hard in 2014 that made the 16-0 possible for PDP.

“Prof Olusola was only a beneficiary of our sweat, he didn’t contribute anything and now he wants to be adopted against the party’s constitution, this we will not accept”, she vowed.

Owoseeni and Bejide, who cited Section 50(1) ( 2) and 50(2b) of the PDP constitution, clarified that the governor and the SWC have no role.whatsoever to play in the conduct of primaries, saying, “allowing the governor to have his way in a crude manner may spell doom for the party”.

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