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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has described as shameful the violence that marred primaries of All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state Saturday, May 5, 2018.
“The whole world can now see the so-called progressives. Ordinary primary election, they can’t hold. It is shameful,” he said.
The primary election to elect the party’s flagbearer went violent Saturday as some delegates alleged that some unaccredited delegates allowed to vote during the exercise.
The presence of heavily armed security operatives were not enough to deter political thugs to smash ballot boxes.
Reacting, Fayose, one of the major voices against the APC federal ruling party, said it’s unfortunate that the party found it hard to conduct internal election peacefully.
“The violence that marred today’s All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election is shameful and a clear indication that the APC will fail woefully in the July 14 governorship election because apart from its rejection by Ekiti people, the party has become a house divided against that can never hold.”
What does the failed primary mean for APC in the July 14 Governorship Election?
Fayose, who spoke through his special assistant on public communication and new media, Lere Olayinka, said the outcome of the primary was a strong indication that the party will lose the governorship election .
“If the party could be this violent during their own primary election, won’t they do worse things during the election proper?
He called on the electoral body, INEC, to be fair to all in the MAIN July 14 election, “INEC should therefore be mindful of being used to manipulate the July 14 election in favour of APC because the party has today, lost the election by the open advertisement of its anti-democratic credentials.”
Primary suspended indefinitely
A meeting held shortly after the violence, all aspirants agreed that the primaries be suspended till further notice.
Former governor in the state Dr. Kayode Fayemi and an aspirant was accused of trying to manipulate the process, which triggered violence.
But one of Fayemi’s agents, Abedeji Adewumi, said the other agents were afraid of their impending success:
“They disrupted the election because we are leading. The rule was that if a delegate had difficulty identifying who to vote for, he can call the agent and he could be guided on how to vote.
“So when the other agents saw that those who were voting were calling on the agent of JKF, they felt we were leading and were not comfortable,” premium times quoted him as saying.
The party has also been accused of changing guidelines without appropriate communication to delegates.
The chairman of election committee Governor Tanko Al-Makura also left the venue without talking to the press.
More dramas are expected in the days ahead.
We’ll keep you updated.