Ado Ekiti-Unhappy at the dashed hope of having a transparent and credible governorship primary, 27 out of the 33 All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial aspirants in Ekiti State, have demanded for the disbandment of the Governor Tanko Al-Makura led Governorship primary committee, over alleged bias and incompetence.
They alleged that members of the primary committee, headed by Nasarawa State governor alleged compromised the integrity of the poll and that they said had invalidated its outcome.
The aspirants said that the shoddy way the committee handled the primary caused the violence that marred the primary held in Ado Ekiti on Saturday.
In a communiqué issued and read by one of the aspirant , Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade , after a marathon meeting in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, regretted the unfortunate incident that led to the protest and subsequent disruption of the primary.
The aggrieved aspirants said they noticed alleged lopsidedness and bias conduct on the part of the Committee’s member , calling on the National leadership to straighten all rough edges for the poll to be successful when rerun.
“We want the committee to be disbanded completely and our National Working Committee should set up a new Committee to conduct another primary that will meet international standard”, they demanded.
“They said further: “Even many of those in the panel were friends to a particular candidate and this we thought could vitiate the outcome of the election.
“We are determined to win Ekiti but the right thing must be done for a candidate that will command the respect of everybody to emerge”, they added.
They suggested that the next election should be conducted in an enclosed circuit to prevent natural occurrence like rain from disrupting the process as witnessed on Saturday.
“Apart from that, no aspirant should have more than an agent , because many of those who gained entry under the guise of being agents to some aspirants were used to perpetrate evil ”, they insisted.
Meanwhile, the State Chairman of the party, Chief Jide Awe, has called for the annulment of the poll, saying: “There is no way you can
conduct a primary without allowing State Executive Council to have a say.
“The aspirants were not happy. There are lots of lessons to learn as a party. One of the cardinal principles of a free and fair election is for the electorate not to have a doubt. When a system is doubted in an election it becomes invalid.
“When a system is disrupted, it becomes invalid. An invalid primary can’t produce a valid candidate. We want to have a credible election so that the electorate will be able to vote for us at the main election.
“With what happened we believe sincerely the committee is culpable and the security agencies are compromised. So the thugs that disrupted the election some people allowed them in.”