Tuesday, August 23, 2016 3:00 pm
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman in Ondo State, Chief Isaac Kekemeke, says the party will not manipulate the process of the Aug. 27 governorship primary in the state.
Kekemeke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akure on Tuesday that the electoral process would be “free and fair.’’
NAN reports that 23 governorship aspirants will participate in the primary with over 3000 delegates.
“As far as the forthcoming governorship primary in Ondo State is concerned, there is no basis for manipulation and there will be no imposition of candidate.
“It is the delegates (voters) that will speak and whoever the delegates pick becomes the candidate of the party.
“As the chairman of the party in Ondo State, I have no specific role to play in the conduct of the primary,’’ he said.
The chairman said the primary would be conducted by the leadership of the party at the national level without bias.
“I know that the leadership of our great party at the national level has put in place mechanism to ensure free and fair conduct of the governorship primary on Saturday, Aug. 27,’’ Kekemeke said.
He described the current disaffection within the state chapter of the party as “family affair’’ that would be resolved within the family.
He said that the party had commenced the process of reconciling aggrieved members to form a formidable party aimed at defeating the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state at the Nov. 26 Governorship Election.
“We have started working as a team toward routing PDP out of power in Ondo State comes Nov. 26.
“Although, we are not ruling out having moles amongst us, but APC as a party, has what it takes to deal with such situation,’’ the chairman said.
Kekemeke assured the people of Ondo State that APC government in the state would complement the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to deliver on the dividends of democracy to the people. (NAN)