Ekiti APC Primary: Tinubu, Akande, Others Adopt Direct Primary
Following the disrupted Ekiti All Progressives Congress (
The leaders met at the Lagos House in Abuja ahead of the primary election which has been rescheduled for Friday May 11.
The meeting was conveyed by National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, at the instance of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The meeting proposed direct primary to be held across the 177 wards for the selection of the stardard bearer.
It was learnt that after debating the proposal, the aspirants at the meeting went into division and majority – 17 aspirants voted for direct primary, which will allow all card- carrying members of the party to participate in picking the candidate at their wards.
Six of the aspirants voted for the delegate system, which was used in the disrupted primary. Three voted for a consensus candidate arrangement.
It was learnt that the leaders will take the proposal for direct primary to the national leadership of the party for consideration today.
The leaders cautioned the aspirants against inflammatory remarks that could bring the party into disrepute.
Those who agreed to step down are to get a refund of the fees they paid for the nomination form, it was also learnt. This is a way to prune the number of aspirants down from 33.
The meeting was attended by former Interim National Chairman Chief Bisi Akande, former Ogun State Governor Olusegun Osoba, former Ekiti State Governor Adeniyi Adebayo and Vice Chairman (SouthWest) Pius Akinyelure. Of the 33 aspirants are in the race, 26 attended the meeting.
At the meeting were Minister of Mines and Steel Development Kayode Fayemi, former Governor Segun Oni, former House of Representatives member Opeyemi Bamidele, presidential adviser Babafemi Ojudu, Senator Ayo Arise and former House of Representatives member Bamidele Faparusi.
Chairman of the primary panel Governor Tanko Al-Makura was also part of the second round of the meeting.