Ahead of this weekend’s governorship primary, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has released the list of delegates to all the 24 aspirants contesting the ticket of the party.
The National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun had assured all the aspirants at a meeting that the National working Committee of the party will make available to all of them, a hard copy of the list of delegates who will participate in the primary.
Sources close to the leadership of the party told The Nation that the list which contains the authentic names of all delegates was given out to the aspirants during the week at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
“The hard copies of the delegate list have been given out to all the aspirants, this is part of the moves we have outlined to ensure smooth and transparent primary in Ondo State”
Allegation of endorsement of one of the aspirants as well as compromise of the delegate list prompted the National Working Committee to summon all the aspirants to a meeting and assured them that the list will be made available to them.
In particular, the state Chairman of the party, Isaac Kekemeke was alleged to have doctored the list of delegates for the party’s governorship primary election scheduled for September 3rd.
Oyegun had said after the meeting that the leadership of the party “promised to make a clean copy of the delegate list available to all aspirants by Wednesday and I have given the assurance that the original list has been in safe custody and that aspirants should please discontinuance all rumor in Ondo state of another delegate list.
“When it is refined, it will be handed over to the chairman of the primary committee that will conduct the primary who will be one of the governors of the APC and that is the only list that will be used for the purpose of the primary. I am particularly happy with the commitment of all the aspirants that once a free, fair primary can be assured, they will rally round whoever is chosen by the delegate as the candidate of the party”.
Meanwhile, the party is expected to inaugurate the Ondo Primary Election Committee saddled with the responsibility of conducting the primary election and the Appeals Committee on Thursday at the national secretariat.
The Nation learnt that the Primary elections committee may be headed by the governor of Jigawa state, Badaru Abubakar.
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