Ahead of the forthcoming governorship primary election of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ondo State, the Factional Chairman of the party, Mr. Henry Olatuja has urged the national leaders of the party to warn the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi to steer clear of the state politics.
Olatuja stated this on Tuesday in Akure at a press conference organised by the party on why direct mode of primary should be adopted by allowing party members to express their wish.
He said that Fayemi, the Governor of Ekiti State, was trying to impose his ‘friend’ the incumbent governor on the party faithfuls in the state by pushing for indirect primary election in the state.
The primary election of the APC will come up on July 20.
Olatuja said, “We need to call the attention of national leaders of our party to call the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi to order to avoid disgrace and embarrassment that may arise from abuse of his office as Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum.
“He should desist from facilitating undemocratic process, while trying to impose the incumbent Governor Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu on the APC by pushing for an indirect primary model which is grossly inequitable and inimical to the success of our party in general election coming up on the 10th October 2020.
“He should note that Ondo State is not an appendage of Ekiti State and such he should stop meddling in the political affair of Ondo State.”
Olatuja also noted that it was of importance to remember that the the incumbent governor of Ondo State worked and mobilised for another party that lead to the party losing two senatorial and five house of representatives seats to opposition party.
He added that out of the 12 aspirants contesting to be the candidate of the party, nine were working with their own faction of the party.
According to him, “It is unthinkable and unspeakable that the list of party members submitted to assist the national committee coming to conduct the gubernatorial party primary election at various ward and local government was unilaterally compiled and submitted by Mr Ade Adetimehin led Executives / Governor’s group.
“Without the input of our executives committee and other aspirants at all levels .We demand that the list in contention should be discountenance in the spirit of equity, fairness and justices.”
Olatuja, however pledged his full support and loyalty to the new leadership of the party led by Gov. Mai Bala Buni of Yobe State and prayed for successful conduct of the national assignment.
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