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Crisis hits Ekiti PDP ahead of party primary

The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State appears to be embroiled in a crisis as the party is preparing for the March 22  primary to select its candidate for the June 21 governorship election.

Heavily armed policemen and State Security Service operatives were seen at strategic positions around the party secretariat along Ajilosun Street in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday as a fallout of the crisis which trailed the ward congress of the party on Wednesday.

A former Deputy Governor Abiodun Aluko, who is a governorship aspirant of the party, told our correspondent in an interview that 13 out of the 14 aspirants cleared for the Saturday primary  were against using the exercise to decide who emerges the party’s governorship candidate.

He said that they were not afraid of the primary but were being careful because it could cause a crisis which would be difficult to resolve before the election proper.

Asked if the 13 aspirants would contest the Saturday’s primary, Aluko said that they would make their position known to the public before then.

 Aluko said, “ Out of 14 of us cleared just one aspirant is clamouring for primary and that is Ayo Fayose. Others are for consensus. We are not afraid of primary  but primaries are always trailed by crisis and we don’t need that now.

“The congress held on Wednesday was a charade, it was a big embarrassment to everybody, there was a breakdown of law and order and I am sure that nobody can be proud of calling that an election.”

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