Akure - Some governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State have kicked against an alleged plan by a group of elders in the party to pick a consensus candidate ahead of the November 26 governorship election in the state.
Some elders under the auspices of Akoko Elders Assembly, were making an arrangement for all the APC governorship aspirants to produce a consensus candidate in Akoko in order to enable an Akoko indigene win the party’s primary.
The elders met on April 29, 2016 at the residence of one of the party’s statesmen, Felix Aiyegbusi, where they (elders) gave an ultimatum to all the APC governorship aspirants from Akokoland to present a consensus candidate.
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But the aspirants in statement on Monday described the plan as unconstitutional.
They stated that Section 20 of the APC Constitution empowered only the National Executive Committee of the party to provide the guidelines for the conduct of congresses at an appropriate time.
The aspirants said the constitution of the APC only recognised two ways through which candidates could emerge, stressing that it was either by internal party election duly held through a relevant congress or primary or by a consensus among aspirants.
Some of the aspirants who signed the statement include Senator Ajayi Boroffice, Victor Olabimtan, Dr. Tunji Abayomi and Gani Dauda
- News 24