The governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has said aspirants for the Ondo State governorship election cannot dictate or decide for the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the mode of primaries to adopt ahead of the primaries.
While assuring stakeholders of a credible governorship primary election in Ondo State that will reflect the ideals of the party, Bello further reassured the leadership of the party that the confidence reposed on him and other members of the committee will be justified through the conduct of a transparent, credible, free and fair primary election in the state.
Bello gave the assurance, yesterday, shortly after the inauguration of the APC Governorship Primary Election Committee ahead of the party’s primary slated for July 20, 2020.
LEADERSHIP Weekend recalls the party had adopted the indirect mode of primaries for the selection of its candidate in Ondo, a move that has caused dissention within some of the aspirants in the state.
“On the issue of the mode of primary, this has been settled by the previous NWC and ratified by NEC, which gives opportunity to the state executive committee to choose the mode of primary that they would want. This has been settled. The Ondo Primary election would be conducted via indirect mode. This was the option chosen by the Ondo State chapter of the APC and ratified by the NEC of our great party in the last meeting. So, we are going for indirect primary.
“The responsibility before me now is to conduct free, fair and credible primary election for whoever is going to be the candidate of our party and I shall restrict myself to that, which means I will be guided by the constitution of our party, the guidelines and all the laws that support the primary election. If free, fair and credible primary is conducted, every member of the party, those who contested and those who are not contesting including members and sympathisers of the party would support it to victory. I am very confident that we are going to win the general election by the grace of God. The task ahead of us is to go and conduct free and fair primary that every aspirant will be happy with and then join hands together for us to be victorious at the end of the day,” he added.