Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, and the Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Caretaker Committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, have disagreed over the conduct of the primary for the December local government election in the state.
The governor adopted Option A4 for the primary where party members openly elected their candidates for the positions of chairmen and councillors.
Making good his promise, the governor supervised the primary which held at the Osuntokun Hall of the Government House in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday.
Expressing his satisfaction with the process, Fayose explained that the primary held at the Government office where “no miscreants would disrupt the process and no fake party member would show his face. We have been hearing threats that some people would disrupt the process; hence this has to hold here.
“We want a transparent process to select our candidates and we don’t want to have serious issues as fallout of the exercise. If a person loses and sees that there was a level-playing field, his complaints and grievances would be minimal.
“To ensure fairness in accreditation of those to vote, you have to come with your party membership card and voter card. Apart from that, party executive in each ward as well as aspirants are at the gate to identify voters before they come in. Any situation those people cannot identify a voter as being a member of their wards, such a person is not allowed in,” he said.
But in his reaction, Adeyeye condemned the primary and called on the national leadership of the PDP to quickly intervene before it degenerated into another round of crisis.
His reaction is contained in a statement by the Director of Media and Publicity, Prince Adedayo Adeyeye Movement, Mr. Niyi Ojo.
Adeyeye said, “In the first instance, Mr. Governor created his own constitution by fixing the maximum age for chairmanship candidate at 50 years and maximum age for councillorship candidate at 30 years against the provisions of Nigerian constitution. There is nowhere in the constitution that stipulates maximum age for any elective position.