Kwara PDP Elders Forum has appealed to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party to organise a fresh primary election for the 12 governorship aspirants of the party which should be held in Ilorin, the state capital.
The Forum made the appeal in Ilorin Wednesday while addressing the press after a meeting with the aspirants held at the house of Chief Joel Ogundeji, former deputy governor in the state.
Speaking after the meeting, the deputy chairman of the forum, Alhaji Ayinla Folorunso, said the forum wanted a fresh election to hold in Ilorin for the aspirants, adding: “we want the election of the governorship candidate to hold here in Kwara in the presence of our people.”
Folorunsho attributed the cause of last Monday’s botched primary election of the party to administrative lapses particularly the multiplicity of venues for accreditation and voting which caused delay and confusion in the accreditation of delegates.
According to him: “This development provoked tension and suspicion among the delegates, aspirants and members of the state executive committee of the party, which handled the arrangement, thereby generating serious security challenges that caused the gubernatorial primary to be called off.”
The forum said that it detested imposition of candidates on the people of the state and that the approved and authentic delegates list earlier used for the House of Assembly, House of Representatives and Senate primary elections should be used for the governorship primary election in the state.
It also suggested that accreditation and voting should take place within the same venue while identification of the authentic delegates should be done by the 16 local government party chairmen on the spot of the election.