• Ganduje inaugurates primary committee, warns against expecting flawless exercise

From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

Ahead of this weekend’s All Progressives Congress (APC) Ondo State governorship primary election, the governing party has revealed that it has, in collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), cleared no fewer than 171,932 party members to participate in the exercise.

National Organising Secretary of the party, Suleiman Argungu, made the disclosure during the inauguration of the Primary Election and Primary Appeal Committees at the party’s secretariat in Abuja on Thursday.

He announced that the Dome Event International Centre, Akure will be the venue for the collation of the results for the primary election.

“We have received a certified true copy from INEC which we also revalidated from Ondo State chapter of the party that 173, 181 membership while the revalidation brought it down to 171, 932 members. The state chapter has written to the INEC office in the state to notify it that the Dome Event International Centre, Akure will be the venue for the collation of the election,” he said.

Meanwhile, speaking during the inauguration, National Chairman, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, warned that he is not expecting a perfect primary election this weekend.

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“Members of these committees were selected based on their integrity, honesty, standup in our party and their experience. This is a very important exercise. You know democracy is democracy in action. You know that in a democracy controversy is a whole department. We don’t expect a 100 per cent peaceful process, but we are equal to the task. We expect you to be focused, and highly organised and we expect you to be vigilant.

“We contacted all the stakeholders. Security agencies were contacted to cover the venue adequately. The party is a structure, the local party structure is in place, and the stakeholders of the party are in place. So, we have an enabling environment we operate.

“You have all the necessary documents that you need, the records that are necessary, data and figures so that any complaint you look at it judiciously,” Ganduje told the committee chaired by the governor of Edo State, Usman Ahmed Ododo with former Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege as the secretary.
In his vote of thanks, National Secretary, Ajibola Basiru, assured that the position of the National Chairman is not under any threat.

“We have obtained an order from the Federal High Court that the purported suspension by the impostors should be in abeyance pending the determination of the case.

“We are sitting firmly today that we are not violating any rule because we have an order of a competent court to say that the status of the chairman of the party is maintained. The order remains positive, valid until it is vacated by another court of competent jurisdiction,” he said.