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NCP names Bankole Ekiti governorship candidate

15 April 2014, 12:37

Ado-Ekiti - The National Conscience Party (NCP) on Monday named Ilesanmi Bankole as its governorship candidate for the June 21, election in Ekiti State.

The announcement came just as INEC closed party primaries in the state.

Bankole, a retired civil servant with the National Board for Technical Education, (NBTE)  was elected by a total of 51 ward delegates through a "yes'' vote since he was the only aspirant.

The event started with the accreditation of delegates, which lasted for one hour, after which the candidate was nominated and ratified by the entire house.

A six-man delegation from INEC, led by Kehinde Mustapha, monitored the process while officers and men of the SSS and police provided security.

In his acceptance speech, the NCP candidate paid glowing tributes to the party’s founder, late Gani Fawehinmi, whose aspirations and thoughts for the country he promised to keep.

He listed 10 areas of human needs which the NCP government would declare free upon swearing-in in October.

The priorites are employment, food, electricity, transportation, healthcare, affordable housing, education, security, telecommunication and water.

Earlier, the National Chairman of the party Yinusa Tanko said no aspirant of the party, including that of Ekiti and Osun States was asked to pay any money for nomination forms as done by other parties.

He said NCP’s major plan for Ekiti, Osun and the entire Nigerian nation was to remove poverty from the land.

Meanwhile, INEC said on Monday through its spokesperson, Taiwo Gbadegesin, that nomination of aspirants as well as holding of party primaries for Ekiti State governorship poll had formally closed.

 - NAN

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