Ondo primaries: Don’t set bad precedent —APC tells Gov aspirants

By: Ade Adeleke

The Ondo State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday declared that it will be a terrible precedent for the party to allow its aspirants to dictate what mode to be adopted for the July 20 governorship primaries in the state.

This followed a report that 11 aspirants are pressurising the national Secretariat of the party through a protest letter that a direct mode of primary should be used instead of indirect primary.

The party in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Alex Kalejaye says it is disturbed at some inflammatory statements credited to some aspirants rejecting certain mode of Primary Election.

It maintains that it is the prerogative of the national secretariat to decide which mode as spelt out in the party constitution to adopt for each state at any point in time.

Ondo APC enjoined the aspirants as committed party members not to embark on actions or utterances that would cast aspersions on the party leadership but work assiduously towards for APC victory in the coming election.

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News Release

ONDO 2020: ASPIRANTS CANT DICTATE TO PARTY ON MODE OF PRIMARY

The attention of the Ondo State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to an aggressive agitation for a mode of primary ahead of the governorship election in October this year. We wish to place it on record that it is inconceivable that aspirants would dictate to the party on which mode to adopt.

The chapter is duty-bound to underscore a salient point; that it is the prerogative of the national secretariat to decide which of the modes, spelt out in the party constitution, should be adopted for each state at any point in time.

For the sake of emphasis, the party’s constitution approves three modes of primaries to select its candidates for an election: direct, indirect and consensus. Any of these could be chosen at random, depending on the discretion of the supervising authority.

The supervising authority in this regard is the Governor Mai-Mala Buni-led Caretaker Committee, and saddled with the responsibility to decide the option for Ondo State 2020.

The State is disturbed at inflammatory statements credited to some of the aspirants, especially those laden with threats, to “ensure that the State chapter is brought down”, where the wish is not granted.

We hold that a committed party member would not embark on actions or utterances that would cast aspersions on its leadership at all levels. He would rather preferred to work assiduously towards the victory of his party at any election.

It is imperative for aspirants, like students preparing for examination, to abide by the rules and guidelines from the national secretariat, so long these rules are not at variance with the contents of the party constitution.

The efforts to set a terrible precedent for the party, by allowing aspirants to dictate what mode to adopt for an election, should be invested in quality and decent campaigns to sell their candidacy to party elders, leaders and members. These groups will definitely speak, directly or through the party structures.

The State secretariat’s concern is to promote all genuine efforts, geared towards a rancour-free primary election; produce a candidate, who will ultimately retain the State for the party, come October.

Alex Kalejaye
State Publicity Secretary,

12th July, 2020

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