Ekiti APC adopts indirect primary for LG poll
Pledges Level-Playing Field for Candidates
Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will pick its candidates for the December 7, 2019 council election through indirect primary election.
The party has denied the allegation that it was imposing candidates for the elections, saying that every aspirant would be given opportunity to test their popularity.
Briefing newsmen yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, the publicity secretary, Ade Ajayi, said the party was ready for the poll, adding that it would fill candidates for the 177 wards and the chairmen for the 16 councils.
He said that all the party’s candidates would sign a code of conduct to be peaceful and orderly, and that any candidate whose supporters acted in disorderly manner would be disqualified.
“We are not ready to impose any candidate. However, in the constitution of our party, there is room for consensus candidate where necessary. Nobody will be deprived of his right to contest.
“We will make all our candidates to sign a code of conduct document that will guide them before, during and after the election. Any candidate who breaches, or whose supporters breach, this code will automatically be disqualified,” said he.
According to Ajayi, the eligibility of any candidate to contest the election will be in line with Sections 176, 177 and 182 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, adding that non-Ekiti indigenes who have lived in the state for several years can also vie for positions.