Ekiti Guber: PDP Primary Begins As Okowa Defies Rain To Conduct It, Now An Eleka And Adeyeye Race

 

The Oasis Reporters

May 8, 2018

Adeyeye and Eleka in a two – horse race today.

Delta State Governor and Chairman of the Committee for the Ekiti State PDP primary election, Sen Ifeanyi Okowa showed the rainforest Delta State stuff he’s made of by walking briskly in the rain today for the business at hand: conducting the People’s Democratic Party Primaries in Ekiti State.

Delegates have been arriving at the venue for the Ekiti 2018 ahead of the 10.00 am accreditation time to show their seriousness in choosing the next Ekiti State PDP candidate in the forthcoming July gubernatorial election.
With the do-or-die squabbles amongst ex governors, previously defeated at past gubernatorial elections who are now chieftains in the opposition All Progressive Congress, the odds favour a back to back party governorship of the PDP in the largely agrarian south west Nigerian state.

Three candidates were in the race to succeed Ayodele Fayose in Government House, who must leave office at year’s end, having served two terms in office at staggered times. He’s no longer eligible to run.

Twenty four hours earlier, one of the three candidates, Senator Biodun Olujimi was reported to have dropped her ambition and urged the delegates on her side to cast their votes in support of former Minister of Works, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye as against Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka, deputy governor of the state and Ayo Fayose’s preferred candidate.
Biodun Olujimi represents Ekiti South Senatorial District in the Nigerian Senate .

A total of 2,092 delegates are expected to take part in the gubernatorial primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to choose the flag bearer among the three, but now narrowed down to two contending candidates. Out of this, there are 1,585 statutory delegates while elected national and ad-hoc delegates total 491.

While the party appointed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state to head the primary election committee, it’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus is to head the Primary Appeals Committee which will begin sitting on Monday. All members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party are also members of the Appeals Committee.

A total of 51 persons who had been elected as delegates from various local governments were withdrawn from the delegates’ list because they are government officials who did not resign their appointments before contesting. But the party was unable to replace the withdrawn delegates because of the shortness of time. National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, confirmed on Monday that all measures have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free congress, noting that all the aspirants have agreed to work together.
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Ologbondiyan observed that the processes leading to the primary were transparent, noting that this accounted for why nobody is complaining. He was confident that the Congress will be peaceful as he pointed out that there will not be a repeat of the violence witnessed during the conduct of the Congress of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state. According to him, “We can’t have the APC experience because we don’t have 37 desperate aspirants and all three aspirants in PDP have agreed to work together.”

He also assured that access would not be granted to any hoodlum or saboteur that may come from the opposing camp.Meanwhile, the national leadership of the party has charged delegates as well as teeming members and supporters of the PDP in the state to continue in their resolve to work together to ensure a smooth and hitch-free exercise. The party commended all stakeholders, particularly, the aspirants for the spirit of sportsmanship being displayed in their commitment towards a peaceful, free and credible process.

A statement issued by the spokesman applauded the stakeholders in the state for keeping to their resolve to work together to ensure the victory of the party at the main election, irrespective of the outcome of the primary elections.
The leadership of the party restated its stand to continue in the highest level of transparency and to ensure an all-inclusive playing ground for all aspirants in all the processes leading to the governorship primary.
Furthermore, the party charged all its members in Ekiti to remain vigilant and give no space to external forces, who might be used by the APC to attempt to disrupt the peace of the state, having realized that we are coasting to victory.

The primary election is holding at the Eagles Square in Ajilosun area of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

The two horse race between the present deputy governor of the state, Professor Kolapo Olusola and former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye who were cleared last month and given copies of the list of delegates expected to vote at the primary.

Aspirants went to work with their supporters, getting in touch with
delegates, who have now become like the proverbial beautiful brides in the political game.

The Oasis Reporters

May 8, 2018

Delta State Governor and Chairman of the Committee for the Ekiti State PDP primary election, Sen Ifeanyi Okowa showed the rainforest Delta State stuff he’s made of by walking briskly in the rain today for the business at hand: conducting the People’s Democratic Party Primaries in Ekiti State.

Delegates have been arriving at the venue for the Ekiti 2018 ahead of the 10.00 am accreditation time to show their seriousness in choosing the next Ekiti State PDP candidate in the forthcoming July gubernatorial election.
With the do-or-die squabbles amongst ex governors, previously defeated at past gubernatorial elections who are now chieftains in the opposition All Progressive Congress, the odds favour a back to back party governorship of the PDP in the largely agrarian south west Nigerian state.

Three candidates were in the race to succeed Ayodele Fayose in Government House, who must leave office at year’s end, having served two terms in office at staggered times. He’s no longer eligible to run.

Twenty four hours earlier, one of the three candidates, Senator Biodun Olujimi was reported to have dropped her ambition and urged the delegates on her side to cast their votes in support of former Minister of Works, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye as against Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka, deputy governor of the state and Ayo Fayose’s preferred candidate.
Biodun Olujimi represents Ekiti South Senatorial District in the Nigerian Senate .

A total of 2,092 delegates are expected to take part in the gubernatorial primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to choose the flag bearer among the three, but now narrowed down to two contending candidates. Out of this, there are 1,585 statutory delegates while elected national and ad-hoc delegates total 491.

While the party appointed Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state to head the primary election committee, it’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus is to head the Primary Appeals Committee which will begin sitting on Monday. All members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party are also members of the Appeals Committee.

A total of 51 persons who had been elected as delegates from various local governments were withdrawn from the delegates’ list because they are government officials who did not resign their appointments before contesting. But the party was unable to replace the withdrawn delegates because of the shortness of time. National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, confirmed on Monday that all measures have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free congress, noting that all the aspirants have agreed to work together.
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Ologbondiyan observed that the processes leading to the primary were transparent, noting that this accounted for why nobody is complaining. He was confident that the Congress will be peaceful as he pointed out that there will not be a repeat of the violence witnessed during the conduct of the Congress of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state. According to him, “We can’t have the APC experience because we don’t have 37 desperate aspirants and all three aspirants in PDP have agreed to work together.”

He also assured that access would not be granted to any hoodlum or saboteur that may come from the opposing camp.Meanwhile, the national leadership of the party has charged delegates as well as teeming members and supporters of the PDP in the state to continue in their resolve to work together to ensure a smooth and hitch-free exercise. The party commended all stakeholders, particularly, the aspirants for the spirit of sportsmanship being displayed in their commitment towards a peaceful, free and credible process.

A statement issued by the spokesman applauded the stakeholders in the state for keeping to their resolve to work together to ensure the victory of the party at the main election, irrespective of the outcome of the primary elections.
The leadership of the party restated its stand to continue in the highest level of transparency and to ensure an all-inclusive playing ground for all aspirants in all the processes leading to the governorship primary.
Furthermore, the party charged all its members in Ekiti to remain vigilant and give no space to external forces, who might be used by the APC to attempt to disrupt the peace of the state, having realized that we are coasting to victory.

The primary election is holding at the Eagles Square in Ajilosun area of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.

The two horse race between the present deputy governor of the state, Professor Kolapo Olusola and former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye who were cleared last month and given copies of the list of delegates expected to vote at the primary.

Aspirants went to work with their supporters, getting in touch with
delegates, who have now become like the proverbial beautiful brides in the political game.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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