Demola Atobaba, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Kolawole Faleye, has said last Saturday’s ward congress of the party was devoid of any malpractice or manipulation.
Addressing journalists in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, he said party leaders were on the field to monitor the exercise and that nothing unusual happened.
Faleye’s remark was a reaction to the claim by former Senator Ayo Arise that the exercise in Ekiti North Senatorial District was manipulated to favour a particular senatorial aspirant in the district.
“The allegation that the exercise was manipulated is unfounded unless proven beyond reasonable doubt. Party leaders at state level and those sent from Abuja monitored it and nothing untoward happened.
“Anybody with any complaint should channel that to the appropriate quarters. As at today, nobody has lodged any formal complaint and the Appeal Committee people from Abuja have been at the state secretariat since morning.
“The Appeal Committee people are still in town and will be around till Wednesday. So, anybody who has any complaint can still do that. But as far as we are concerned, the exercise was free and fair and peaceful too,” he said.
Faleye, who solicited the cooperation of party members and leaders to ensure a resounding victory in the 2015 general elections, expressed optimism that the PDP administration in the state would live up to expectations.
Faleye replaced Chief Makanjuola Ogundipe who was recently elected National Vice Chairman, South-West of the PDP.