APC Primaries: Fayemi denies walking out of peace meeting

Updated Violence rocks Ekiti APC governorship primaries exercise stalled

The scene of the violence. Credit Punch

"But what we want is the general happiness of the leaders of the party, the contestants and our party", he said. Some unknown protesters on Monday sealed off the party's secretariat in Ado Ekiti with juju (charms).

Motorists and motorcyclists avoided the objects placed in the centre of the road.

Acting under the provision of Article 21 (7) of the party's constitution, they disbanded the SWC and set up a Caretaker Committee, headed by APC Chairman in Ise/Orun Council, Mr.Michael Eegunjobi.

The petitioners alleged that some members of the NWC, who were part of the organising committee of the primaries, "were glaringly biased and contributed to the violence that disrupted the primaries". These actions are against the constitution and that is why we are passing a vote of no confidence on the Jide Awe-led executive.

The crisis rocking the Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after Saturday's inconclusive primary took a different dimension as police have sealed the party's secretariat.

In a related development, some leaders of the Ekiti APC hve kicked against the use of direct primary for the conduct of the rescheduled primary slated for Friday.

Akande noted that though he was not part of the process that led to the organisation of the botched primary, but he would be part of the new process.

He said the details of the outcome of the meeting with the aspirants would be conveyed to Nigerians after a meeting scheduled to hold today with the party's national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, today.

According to the letter signed by Mr. Samuel Abejide, Comrade Ade Ajayi and Mrs. Moji Fafure, under the aegis of Ekiti Concerned Delegates and Leaders, they insisted that any aspirant who is not ready for the election can withdraw honourably from the race rather than "suggesting ridiculous options that will lead to nowhere but doom".

The party has fixed Friday, May 11, for the governorship primary election in the state, as they are expected to present a flagbearer ahead of the May 14 deadline slated by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

He said the aspirants noted that the "Direct Primaries" would enable every card-carrying member of the party vote for candidate of their choice.

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