Twenty-four aspirants will slug it out during the Ondo State governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which will now hold on Wednesday. The election to pick the party’s flag bearer for the November gubernatorial election was initially slated for the weekend but was shifted by the party.
Although no official reason was given for the postponement of the election, The Nation Newspaper learnt that the exercise may have been shifted to pave way for further reconciliation of the feuding parties in the state.
There has been crisis in the Ondo State chapter of the party over alleged imposition of a particular aspirant, which resulted in the national leadership summoning all the aspirants and the party leadership in the state to a meeting.
The party is yet to inaugurate the committee that will conduct the primary election but it was gathered that the committee is likely to be headed by Jigawa State Governor Mohammed Badaru.
The primary has created divisions and generated a lot of heat within the party. One of the aspirants, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, had taken up the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, accusing him of endorsing one of the aspirants, Dr. Segun Abraham.
But Tinubu in a rare response said he was entitled to having an aspirant in the race.