The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will this Saturday conduct party primaries for its aspirants ahead of the June 21, Ekiti State governorship election.
The decision to head for primaries was sequel to the failure of all 16 governorship aspirants of the party to agree on the emergence of a consensus candidate, after a closed door meeting with the national leadership of the PDP in Abuja yesterday.
The meeting, which had most of the aspirants in attendance, was presided over by the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu.
It was learnt that while most of the aspirants backed the consensus candidate arrangement as advised by the President Goodluck Jonathan, former Governor of the state and an aspirant, Mr. Ayo Fayose, had insisted on the conduct of primaries.
However, briefing the press after the aspirants met with the leadership of the party, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Olisa Metuh, disclosed that the party’s national leadership told the aspirants that the party would only support the consensus arrangement if all the aspirants agreed among themselves.
He added that if a candidate refused the consensus arrangement, the party would have no choice than to organise a transparent, free and fair primaries, so that the constitutional right of all aspirants is secure.
He further disclosed that ward congresses for the selection of its delegates for the primaries, which was scheduled to hold last week would hold tomorrow.
Metuh said: “It is the desire of the PDP that we have a consensus candidate in Ekiti State with a proviso that it must be unanimous. By chance if one or two persons disagree, we must respect the constitution of the PDP by concluding the exercise.
“We have sold forms and we will go for the election accordingly. We are in Abuja, we are not looking for governor of Abuja, we are looking for governor in Ekiti State and Ekiti people will participate in choosing their governor. The chairman made it clear that he want peace, he wants unity, he wants them to be united, but above all he does not want to deprive anybody of his constitutional right.”