No petition received on Ekiti governorship primary election, says APC appeal panel

No petition received on Ekiti governorship primary election, says APC appeal panel

- The report of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ekiti state governorship primary election appeal committee have been submitted

- The report was submitted at the APC national headquarters on Tuesday, May 15

- It was received on behalf of the party's national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, by the national organising secretary, Osita Izunaso

The Ambassador Fati Balla-chaired APC Ekiti state governorship primary election pppeal committee on Tuesday, May 15, submitted its report to the party’s national leadership.

While tabling the report, the committee declared that no petition was received on the primary election conducted in the Ekiti state capital, Ado-Ekiti last Saturday, May 12.

APC national organising secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, received the report on behalf of the national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, at the party's national secretariat in Abuja.

Balla said the three-member appeal committee which was inaugurated on Wednesday, May 2, sat for three days after last Saturday’s primary election.

Other members of the committee are Captain Bala Jibrin (rtd who served as the secretary and Mrs. Lilian Obenwa.

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Balla said: “In the three days that we (committee) have sat, we have not received a single petition, either in form of writing, telephone call or a text message, which means there has been no petition after the primary election in Ekiti state.

“We have come before you this afternoon to submit a report. Since there is no petition from Ekiti state, therefore the committee has wound up this afternoon.”

Speaking after receiving the report, Senator Izunaso thanked the committee for undertaking the assignment on behalf of the party. He said all efforts were currently geared towards winning the July 14 Ekiti governorship election, adding that the party’s national campaign committee for the election will soon be set up.

He charged voters in Ekiti state to come out enmasse to reclaim their stolen mandate by voting for the party’s governorship candidate and current minister of mines and steel development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, come July.

His words: “We are glad that you have finished your assignment after sitting for three days and there is no petition from any aspirant, both orally and in writing. We are also glad that the Ekiti primary election has taken place and that the aspirants are working together to ensure that we win the governorship election in Ekiti state.

“The most important thing to us in the APC is victory in the July election in Ekiti state. For us in the APC, whenever there is a primary election, it is a family affair. And whenever we finish our primary elections, and aspirants and stakeholders come together to work as a team, it gladdens our heart as a party.

“I am aware that very soon we will set up the national campaign committee for Ekiti state and also have another meeting with the aspirants to properly integrate them into what we are doing because ultimately, victory is our end result and we believe that by the special grace of God, the people of Ekiti will regain the mandate that they gave to APC four years ago, that was stolen. This is another opportunity for Ekiti people to regain that mandate. And this time around, it will no longer be stolen by anybody.

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“Once Ekiti people come out enmasse and vote for the APC, we will defend our result and ensure that we reclaim what truly belong to us. Right now, it is only Ekiti state in the south-west that is not in the APC fold. That shows that south-west is APC and we should as much as possible try to encourage our voters in Ekiti state to come out enmasse and vote for our party."

Meanwhile, APC chieftain, Comrade Timi Frank has mocked APC chieftains who expressed dissatisfaction at the outcome of ward congresses of the party nationwide and the botched governorship primary in Ekiti, asking them to accept the result of their silence in the face of impunity.

According to him, they are paying the price for keeping quiet when the party leadership was displaying impunity.

In a statement sent to on Tuesday, May 8, the Bayelsa-born politician expressed regret that the ward congresses could record 80 percent crisis across the country.

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