The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party for the June 21 election in Ekiti State, will emerge on Saturday.
The national leadership of the party at its meeting in Abuja on Monday, fixed the date for the party’s primary.
All the 14 aspirants who were cleared for the exercise are to take part in the primaries, just as the party has fixed Tuesday (today) for its ward congresses for the selection of delegates for the primary.
These were the decisions reached by the leadership of the PDP after a closed-door meeting with all the aspirants and some stakeholders of the party from Ekiti State after the attempts to make the aspirants to agree on a consensus arrangement failed.
It was gathered that while majority of the aspirants reportedly agreed on the consensus arrangement as muted by the President Goodluck Jonathan, who is also the National leader of the party, a former governor of the state, Mr. Ayo Fayose, was said to have insisted on primary for the best candidate to emerge for the election.
Speaking with journalists after the meeting of the National Working Committee of the party, its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said the party would organise a primary for the aspirants if they could not totally agree on a consensus arrangement among themselves in line with the party’s constitution.
He explained that the party would only support the consensus arrangement if all the aspirants agreed among themselves but once one or two disagreed, the party would have no option than to organise a transparent, free and fair primary for the aspirant to elect the party’s flag-bearer.
He said in line with this position, the ward congresses for the selection of the party’s delegates for the primary would hold tomorrow (Wednesday) in the state.
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