2019: Ekiti APC Divided over Consensus, Direct Primary Options

There is a wide gulf within the ranks of the Ekiti State chapter of the All Progress Congress (APC) over alleged moves being made by power brokers to adopt consensus to field candidates for the State and National Assembly seats ahead of 2019 political contests.

This desperate move has been eliciting disquiet in the party, with those aspirants whose fates were hanging in the balance expressing

resentments over actions being allegedly contrived by some influential individuals to subvert the will of the majority.

Though, the State Working Committee of the party had adopted consensus and Direct Primary options to field candidates for the coming elections, the second option (direct) might be jettisoned taking cognizance of the enormous influences the people behind the consensus mustered in the state chapter of the party.

A source confided in THISDAY that some of the aspirants, who may be negatively affected by consensus are already weighing their options to either stay in the party and fight for their rights or seek redress in the court of law.

The APC national leaders, had in its last National Executive meeting held in Abuja, where President Muhammadu Buhari, National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and the governors under the party were present, unanimously agreed to adopt consensus, direct and indirect primaries for the 2019 elections.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, Oshiomhole clarified that direct primary will be adopted for the presidential race, while each state chapter will be given the leeway

to decide which modality to adopt from the available democratic guidelines already stipulated.

But THISDAY exclusively gathered in Ekiti that the affected aspirants were worried with the way some of these leaders had been muzzling them.

The crises were pronounced in State Assembly contest in Ado constituency II, House of Representatives contests in Ekiti North Federal Constituency II, Ekiti South Federal Constituency I , Ekiti Central Federal Constituency II and Senatorial contest in Ekiti North.

As tidy as the state assembly contest seems to be, the people of Ado Ekiti are poised for battle over attempt to allegedly impose the sister of the late Deputy Governor, Mrs Funmilayo Adunni Olayinka, to represent Ado constituency in the state legislature.

While the state assembly contest was largely better handled, according to insiders, the National Assembly contests have been eliciting more disagreements, particularly in the senatorial race in the Ekiti

North, where Senator Olubunmi Adetumbi was being positioned as consensus candidate to pacify ex-governor Segun Oni’s group not minding how Dr. Olusegun Osinkolu and Senator Arise, who are eyeing the seat feel.

Osinkolu has said he won. Oni is presently in court challenging the governor-elect, Dr Kayode Fayemi’s eligibility to contest the May 26 primary on account of his

Failure to resign as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in line with party’s constitution that all appointed officials seeking political offices must resign 30 days to the primary. But the party has been smart enough in Ekiti South and Central

Senatorial Districts, where former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, and former Commissioner for Information in Lagos State, Hon. Opeyemi Bamidele, may end up flying the party’s flag without ill-feelings among members.

In the House of Representatives contest in Ekiti North Federal Constituency II, comprising Moba/Ilejemeje/Ido/Osi local governments, aspirants and leaders of the party were unhappy with the alleged move

to impose a Lawyer and ally of one of the leaders, Mr. Ibrahim Olanrewaju, as the candidate.

A businessman and native of Ikosun Ekiti, Mr. Kolawole Akinlayo, and former Executive Assistant on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Osun State and a native of Osun Ekiti, all in Moba council are contestants for the House of Representatives seat that had been narrowed down to Olanrewaju, who hails from Otun Ekiti.

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