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.