Kwara - Yemi Afolayan, the Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara, has said the party will not impose any candidate in the next council elections in the state.
Afolayan gave the assurance at the party’s general meeting in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area on Wednesday and added that all eligible persons would be allowed to contest the primaries.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the tenure of the present local government administration in the state is expected to end in November.
``I want to use this medium to appeal to candidates willing to contest any of these elective posts in the next local government elections to work very hard.
``I am also sounding it in unequivocal terms that the party is not ready to impose any candidate on the people for any reason, be it chairmanship or councillorship.
``Only party loyalists, honest and trusted men and women chosen by their communities would be given the chance as the party's flag-bearers,” Afolayan said.
He said that the state executive of the party had put in place effective strategies for the party to come out victorious in the council elections.
The party’s scribe highlighted part of the efforts toward successful council elections to include the on-going sensitisation of supporters for the new voters’ registration across the state.
``I am also using this opportunity to appeal to our teeming supporters to be fully prepared, especially those who have just attained the voting age for the voters’ registration exercise.
``It is only when you are duly registered that you can be allowed to exercise your franchise and partake in subsequent elections,” he said.
The PDP Youth Leader in the area, Samson Bada, said that the party would soon commence mass registration of youth fora and associations across the state.
Bada said the exercise was part of the strategy to get youths actively involved in party activities, especially at the grassroots.
He said that 154 people had benefited from the Federal Government’s SURE-P empowerment programme in the area.
Bada said that the party had also intervened in the problem associated with the non-payment of the beneficiaries’ two months stipend but stressed that the problem was not peculiar to the state.
``We are working round the clock to see that those beneficiaries who have worked under the scheme get paid without delays.
``We have assurance from Abuja that the payment is already being processed and would be released any time from now,” Bada said.