APC speaks on bloody ward congresses, violent primaries in Ekiti
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday reacted to the violence that marred Ekiti state gubernatorial primaries of the party, which held on Saturday at Oluyemo Kayode Stadium in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
It had earlier been reported that trouble began when agents of some of the aspirants complained that the electoral process was being manipulated. This, according to a report, paved a way for some hoodlums to attack the ballot boxes and smashed them.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in his reaction admitted that there was an issue concerning the inconclusive primary election but denied the report, which said there was indefinite postponement.
Abdullahi, who described the process as ‘regrettable’ noted that the issues have been resolved and the process will resume soon.
“The situation in Ekiti is regrettable. The issues have been resolved and it is our hope that the exercise can now continue where it stopped.
“The Primaries chairman has spoken to the National Chairman after consulting with the aspirants. The position is that the process should resume as quickly as possible. The issue of indefinite postponement does not arise.”
Also reacting to the bloody ward congresses of the party that held across 34 states, the party’s spokesman still maintained that the congresses were “generally peaceful”.
In a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen, Abdullahi clarified that though there were issues in some states, urging aggrieved members of the party in those states to seek redress with Appeal panels.
“We, however, acknowledge there are some issues arising from the conduct of the elections in some states.
“With this in view, the party had set up various appeal committees which will begin sitting from Monday, May 7, 2018.
“We therefore call on all Party members to remain law abiding and where there are issues, they should seek redress through the appeal committees in their respective states,” he said.