The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has declared that over three thousand delegates will choose the party’s main candidate at a primary election already penned between August and September 2016.
These delegates will be recognized party leaders from the 203 political wards and 18 local government areas (LGAs) of Ondo State.
Ondo State APC Chairman Isaacs Kekemeke disclosed this at the party’s secretariat in Akure, the State capital.
“The party governorship primary outcome will be determined by over three thousand party delegates in the State,” he said.
Mr. Kekemeke added that the party’s governorship aspirants would be given a level playing ground during the open contest.
He further disclosed that the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) would organize the primary election for all the aspirants to pick the party’s main “flag-bearer.”
Speaking further, Mr. Kekemke added that the primary election would also be transparent.
“The election will be free, fair and transparent, and whoever will emerge victorious will win fairly, while those who will lose will also lose fairly,” the APC chairman declared.
He ruled out the idea of imposing a particular candidate on the party.
“It’s within the rights of any member to support any aspirant of his or her choice, but no individual has the power to impose any candidate on the party, not even the chairman, the deputy chairman or the secretary have such powers.”
The party has already sought the support of all its members to make sure the primary election is broadcasted and transmitted live on national television in order to ensure transparency.
Close to fifty aspirants have shown interest in the APC governorship ticket ahead of the Ondo State governorship election, a SaharaReporters correspondent reported.
“Yes, but only twenty-seven of them are really serious about it as of last count,” Steve Bayode, Ondo State Director of Publicity and Media of the APC told SaharaReporters in a phone chat.
The national electoral umpire has fixed the Ondo State governorship election for November 26, 2016.