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Primaries: Ondo, Lagos APC Jettison Automatic Ticket For Aspirants



The State Executive Council (SEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has revoked the automatic tickets granted Senators Ajayi Borrofice (North), Yele Omogunwa (South) and Tayo Alasoadura (Central) in State. The decision to revoke the automatic tickets followed the step taken by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to reject automatic tickets for candidates contesting offices in the party. The party made its position known in a statement personally signed by the State Chairman of the party, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, Publicity Secretary Alex Kalejaiye, all the Deputy Chairmen representing the three senatorial districts of the state. It would be recalled that the Lagos state chapter of the party had earlier revoked the automatic tickets granted some candidates after the NWC found fault with the process which it said was at variance with the constitutional provision of the party.  The national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu said the party’s decision is final and that the party believes in the voice of the majority.

Following suit, Ondo State APC had also conducted elections into the three Senatorial Districts in the State with Dr. Tunji Abayomi (North), Senator Tayo Alasoadura (Central) and Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa(South) respectively, being the candidates who won with majority votes through primaries conducted last Friday. In the statement , the party said it has accepted and abided with the decision of the NWC of the party that only aspirants for seats at the Senate and House of Representatives who emerged through direct primaries conducted last Friday be recognised and upheld. Speaking to newsmen Adetimehin said “There cannot and must not be double standards. Automatic ticket is alien to the party and the NWC in its wisdom has directed all state Chapters of the Party to run away from it by ensuring that Equity, Justice and Fairness is pursued with all muscles, in order to sustain and strengthen internal democracy for which the party is well reputed.

“It cannot be otherwise. We cannot and must not set double standards lest the integrity and esteem of the party is impeached before the electorate”. Also, the South West Chairman of the Party, Pastor Bankole Oluwajana and Senator Omotayo Alasoadura ,noted that the Provision of the constitution is sacred and the National Working Committee of the party has not and is not intending to indulge in Automatic tickets for candidates. Alasoadura who is a beneficiary of the automatic ticket had earlier led other aspirants out to decry the automatic ticket granted him and his colleagues, described it as “travesty of democracy which is capable of serious consequences for the Party”. It will be recalled that President Mohammadu Buhari had earlier met behind close doors with the Chairman of the Party, Adams Oshiomole and some Governors elected on the platform of the party on same issue. Buhari, who is the leader of the party had directed that all aspirants be made to test their popularity with the party voters in an open and transparent primaries. According to the President, this is the only way the integrity and respect for the party and Change it preaches can have meaning to the electorate.