Ahead of the May 12, 2018 local government elections, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State will today conduct local government and ward primaries among aspirants.
The state’s party chairman, Chief Akin Oke who disclosed this at a press conference held at the Oke-Ado state Secretariat of the party in Ibadan, said the primaries would take place in all the 33 local government areas and the 35 newly created local council development areas in the state simultaneously.
He noted that the exercise would be carried out in strict compliance with the provisions of the constitution of the party in a bid to ensure high level of transparency and hitch free exercise.
He added that consensus option shall be encouraged where possible, saying that consensus was clearly enshrined in the party’s constitution.
Oke said, “As it stands today, the state executive committee of the APC has scheduled its expected party primaries to this Monday 19th of February, 2018 and this would take place simultaneously in all the he 33 local government councils and the 35 local council development areas across the state.
“The intraparty election would allow for emergence of all the chairmanship and councillorship candidates from among the crowd of aspirants who had purchased nomination forms to stand for the election and got cleared by the screening/committee set up.
“At this juncture, I would like to emphasize that the Monday intra-party electoral process would be carried out in strict compliance with the provisions of the constitution of the party as it assured of a high level transparency and a hitch-free exercise.
“I am using this opportunity to inform you that we have put all necessary arrangements in place to guarantee the credibility of the exercise and I am also appealing to all the aspirants as well as their supporters to embrace peace and the spirit of sportsmanship.
“Consensus option shall be encouraged where possible as this is clearly enshrined in the party constitution.
“Where a single aspirant is found either by virtue of other(s) stepping down for him/her or only he/she obtained the nomination form, congress would still hold to affirm his/her candidacy but both direct and indirect options would be employed in the cases of chairmanship and councilorship contests respectively.
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