- Ahead of the Ondo state guber poll, Governor Yayaha Bello has promised that APC's primary will be free and fair
- The Kogi state governor assured that he was prepared to ensure the party's candidate emerges through a credible process
- Bello added that all members of the election committee have integrity and ruled out the possibility of bias
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The chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election committee in Ondo state, Governor Yahaya Bello, has assured that the exercise will be free and fair.
In a report by The Sun, Bello gave the assurance while addressing the delegates before the commencement of the governorship primary.
The Kogi state governor went on to note that he was prepared to ensure that at the end of the exercise APC's most popular aspirant emerges through a credible process.
While ruling out the possibility of bias and favourism in the conduct of the primary, Bello stressed that his committee has no interest in any of the 12 aspirants.
Speaking further, Bello noted all the members of the Ondo election committee have integrity and would not compromise it.
The election committee chairman said he had assured all the aspirants of a credible exercise.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Isaac Kekemeke, one of the aspirants billed to participate in the APC primary said he had totally lost confidence in the process.
Kekemeke also questioned the indirect primary selection mode adopted by the party to produce its candidate. He disclosed this while featuring on a TVC television program on Monday, July 20, in Akure.
According to him, the primary committee led by the Kogi state governor was not fair to many of the governorship aspirants.
In a related development, the re-election bid of Rotimi Akeredolu has been handed a boost after four of the aspirants vying for the APC ticket stepped down for the Ondo governor.
Speaking with journalists on Sunday, July 19, Ife Oyedele who is the executive director of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria, said he is now pitching his tents with the governor. Read more:
Three more aspirants namely Olusegun Abraham, Jimi Odimayo and Dr Nathaniel Adojutelegan have also stepped down for the governor.
In other news, one of the aspirants vying for APC's guber ticket, Olusola Oke, vowed to head to court should indirect mode be adopted for the primary.
Oke, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), raised an eyebrow against the indirect mode APC wants to adopt for the shadow poll.
He said the APC primary will be contested against in the court if Governor Yahaya Bello-led electoral committee continues with the indirect primary.
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