- The deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuff, describes as unpopular the direct primary election system adopted by the APC NWC to pick the party’s candidate for the Osun election
- He says the system was chosen to enliven the dying gubernatorial aspiration of a man majority of party delegates rejected
- Ekiti Assembly rejects result of gubernatorial election, accuses security operatives of supporting APC
The deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuff, has described as devilish the method adopted by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to pick the party’s candidate for the Osun state governorship election scheduled for September 22.
The primary election would hold on Thursday, September 19, and would be conducted by officials of the national body of the party.
But Lasun Yusuff, who is aspiring to get the APC ticket in the Osun poll, said the system is unpopular and targeted at frustrating the will of the majority of members of the party in the state.
“Such a call was capable of causing disenchantment in the party in view of the fact that virtually all the major blocs and stakeholders within the party had registered their resentment to the proposal," Yusuff said.
“We are aware of the depth of pressure daily mounted on the party national leadership by some officials of the Osun state government in cahoots with just four State Working Committee members of the APC in an effort to impose their preferred candidate on the party.
“The party’s national working committee members, whose duty it is to set guidelines for the conduct of the party primaries, are daily harassed with a demand to adopt the direct system, where all card-holding members of the party would have the privilege of electing whom the party flag bearer would be in the coming governorship election scheduled for 22 September.
“Whereas this method appears participatory and welcoming because it would afford all shades of members of the party the opportunity to express their choice of candidate through the ballot, we reject this proposal because it is not altruistic.
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“Much more, it is susceptible to manipulation and also have proclivities to expose members with dissenting voices to physical attack by street urchins on the behest of the purveyors of the proposal.”
The deputy speaker alleged that the direct primary election was adopted to enliven the dying gubernatorial aspiration of a man majority of party delegates rejected.
Meanwhile, the Ekiti state House of Assembly has rejected the outcome of the state gubernatorial election which took place on Saturday, July 14 and saw Kayode Fayemi of the All Progressives Congress (APC) emerge victorious.
Premium Times reports that the House also resolved that it would resume sitting a week before the expiration of the tenure of Governor Ayo Fayose.
The House which is dominated by members of the Peoples Democratic Party accused security operatives of supporting the APC in the election.
Akinyele Olatunji who is the leader of the House described the electoral process as unfortunate. He also condemned the alleged harassment of Fayose by security operatives.
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