Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Botched primary: Tinubu, Osoba, others hold secret talks with Ekiti APC aspirants

Botched primary: Tinubu, Osoba, others hold secret talks with Ekiti APC aspirants

According to The cable, protesters loyal to the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, who is a candidate in the race, stormed the secretariat on the Ajilosun- Ikere where they declared the removal of the state executives led by Jide Awe.

Sahara Reporters reports that the aspirants rejected moves by the party leaders for a consensus candidate among the 33 of them.

The ruling party in the state, the Peoples Democratic Party is holding its primary today to pick its torch bearer, for the election that will take place in July.

"The Aspirants encouraged the leaders to further discuss with the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, on the way forward".

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It also had in attendance former governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; former governor of Ogun State, Segun Osoba and many other APC South-west leaders.

Akande said: "We took a decision on what will be the best advantage to our party and the country". The primary has been rescheduled for Friday May, 11, 2018 at the same venue.

He said, "We (leaders) were asked to go and meet and come up with a decision..."

"We wish to state clearly that we are ready for a repeat of the delegate primaries and we say no to direct primaries because it is a recipe for crisis which has been predetermined by aspirants who are not ready for any election but want the whole process stalemated because they have ganged up against a particular aspirant".

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In response to a question whether a consensus candidate was to be expected, he said, "I can not tell you that..."

A source privy to the meeting had earlier informed that the meeting, which was scheduled for 2:00 pm, was shifted to 4:00 pm because some of those expected for the meeting were held up at the Akure Airport.

One of the aspirants, Kayode Fayemi, was said to have walked out of the meeting in anger when the meeting was on break.

Fayemi, had left the meeting summoned to find a solution to the debacle of choosing one of the 33 aspirants as APC's candidate for the election scheduled for July following the disruption of a primary organized for the objective at Ado Ekiti last Saturday mid-way. This led to speculations that he had stormed out of the meeting.

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