A former Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (retd.), has advised the Peoples Democratic Party to conduct a new primary election to pick its governorship candidate.
Ayo Fayose, an ex-governor of the state, emerged the winner of the last Saturday primary which was boycotted by other aggrieved aspirants.
But Olubolade, a close associate of President Goodluck Jonathan, alleged in a statement on Tuesday by the secretary of his campaign organisation, Mr. Remi Osabusua, that the process was skewed from Abuja to favour Fayose.
“A new primary could be conducted at a neutral ground, preferably in Abuja for a thorough job to be done,” he said in the statement.
He said the crisis rocking the PDP in the state had now vindicated the position of the President, who advised that consensus candidate should be picked to avoid such rancour.
The statement reads in part, “The whole exercise was clearly manipulated from Abuja in favour of only one aspirant, that is former Governor Ayo Fayose, as all other aspirants were shut out and election materials made available only to him thereby turning the event into a one aspirant show.
“From these ugly events, it is now clear that our President and leader of our great party has now been vindicated by his advice that in order to avoid this kind of avoidable crisis, the consensus option should be adopted as was done in the Ondo governorship election in 2013.”
The former minister advised that if the primary option would still be used in picking the party’s candidate, an amendment should be made to the whole process.
He said, “We suggest that the idea of three ward delegates be discarded as this is the root cause of the problem. Instead, only constitutionally elected party executives- ward, local government and state should be used as was done during the last Senatorial/House of Representatives primaries in 2011.
“They will now be joined by the 318 automatic delegates recognised by the party’s constitution.”
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