Ondo 2016: APC postpones primary election

John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman
John Odigie-Oyegun, APC Chairman

The governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State has been postponed.

A statement by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Omo’oba Adesanya, on Wednesday said the election was postponed due to issues of logistics.

“The governorship primary election has been postponed till Wednesday, 31st of August, 2016, due to logistics,” he said.

“The decision was communicated to the State chapter at the end of the emergency National Working Committee meeting of the Party today, 24th of August, 2016.”

PREMIUM TIMES however gathered that some leaders of the party in the state wanted the election to be postponed to allow for calm within the party which had been embroiled in a crisis over the imposition of a candidate.

Aspirants, it was however learnt, wanted the primaries to go ahead as planned given that the chairman who was fingered in the plot to impose a candidate had been removed.

A source within the party told PREMIUM TIMES that all the aspirants were prepared to go the polls on Saturday, by the sacked chairman was lobbying for the primaries to be suspended to allow time to mend fences and resolve the controversies on the ground.

The national leadership of the party had waded into the crisis when it became clear that the party was heading for the rocks following the endorsement of one of the aspirants, Olusegun Abraham, by the national leader, Bola Tinubu.

Frayed nerves were however calmed when the aspirants received assurances that the candidate of the party would be determined at the primary election.

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  • MINT65

    APC south west cannot do without imposition. Chief Akandeas ACN chairman made this very clear when he said “Nobody should accuse ACN of imposition because that is our style. Anyone that is not comfortable with that should go and contest in another political party. So if you see anyone carrying placard around, he is wasting his time.”

  • sab

    First leg of the inconclusive election race

  • JasV

    Once again, it is loud and clear that Ondo state is not Lagos state. Another clear message is that no one who wants to become party presidential candidate come 2019 or whenever will be able to do so through the past lazy, patronizing way of having his or her hanger ons as state party leaders. It just doesn’t work and will it ever work anymore. Those days are over whether you are asiwaju or igbehin or elehin.