- The plan to have an indirect mode of primary election in Ondo state by the APC has been rejected by 11 aspirants
- The governorship aspirants stated this in reaction to a statement by INEC that indirect primary has been approved for the APC primary.
- Chief Olusola Oke, one of the aspirants submitted the letter on behalf of others to the national chairman
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Ahead of the governorship election in Ondo state, 11 governorship aspirants on the platform of the APC have rejected the indirect mode of primary election.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Thursday, July 9, stated that indirect mode of primary election has been approved for the party’s governorship primary slated for Monday, July 20.
However, the gubernatorial aspirants in reaction to INEC's statement sent a letter on Friday, July 10, to the party’s caretaker committee rejecting the indirect mode of primary election.
According to The Nation, the incumbent governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, was the only candidate not to sign the letter submitted in Abuja.
The letter which contained reasons why the candidates felt the indirect primary was not an option was submitted by Chief Olusola Oke, one of the aspirants on behalf of others at the national chairman’s office.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that 12 governorship aspirants jostling for the governorship ticket of the APC in Ondo state were on Wednesday, July 8, screened ahead of the party's primary election.
The incumbent governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, alongside Olusola Iji, Chief Odimayo Okunjimi, Chief Olayide Adelaml, Chief Isaac Kekemeke, and Chief Olusola Oke were screened in Abuja.
Other guber aspirants such as lfeoluwa Oyedele, Olajumoke Anifowoshe, Awodeyi Akinsehinwa, Akinola Colinus, Olubukola Olarogba, Okunola Adetula, Dr. Segun Abraham and Dr. Nathaniel Adojutelegan were screened at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Thursday, July 9.
In other news, the sum of N258.27 million was made by the APC from the purchase of expression of interest and nomination forms to aspirants expected to contest in the party’s governorship primaries in Ondo.
The eleven male governorship aspirants purchased the expression of interest and nomination forms each for N22.5 million. The only female aspirant, however, paid N11.25 million for the interest and nomination form.
The expression of interest form was sold at N2.5 million while the nomination form went for N20 million, as stipulated in the party’s guidelines.
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