Independent National Electoral Commission has given all political parties for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State May 15 deadline to submit names of their candidates and their running mates.
National Organising Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Austin Akobundu, stated this while handing over the nomination form to the party’s governorship candidate, Mr Kolapo Olusola, in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said the candidate must also give the same form to his running mate, warning that both candidates must submit their forms to the national secretariat of the party latest by Monday.
He said, “The Independent National Electoral Commission has given us May 15 deadline within which all the political parties must submit names of their governorship candidates.
“Therefore, you (Olusola) must submit your form and that of your running mate to us latest by Monday.
“If you don’t have a running mate, I’m available, please. But let the forms get to us on time as stated.”
Speaking at the event, Olusola noted that he was ready and prepared for the election.
He also said heaven had sanctioned that PDP would continue to rule in Ekiti State after the expiration of the tenure of Governor Ayodele Fayose.
He said, “I am ready and prepared to take up this challenge as the incoming governor of Ekiti State on the platform of PDP.”
PDP Deputy National Chairman (South), Mr. Yemi Akinwonmi, while presenting the certificate to the party’s governorship candidate on behalf of the National Chairman, Mr Uche Secondus, described the primary that produced Olusola as credible, transparent and unchallenged.
Meanwhile, All Progressives Congress has reaffirmed Friday as the date for the party primary to elect its candidate for Ekiti State governorship election.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, in a telephone interview with our correspondent, in Abuja, on Wednesday, said the party no longer had the luxury of time.
He said, “We (the party) have up till next week to submit the name of our candidate. We have fixed Friday for the primary and that has not changed.”
Abdullahi said this while reacting to a question on whether the party was considering a request for a shift in date for the exercise.
The party leadership met for over three hours with Mr John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the party at the party’s national secretariat, in Abuja.
After the meeting, one of the aspirants, Mr Ajayi Olowo told reporters that he and his colleagues appealed to NWC to shift the date of the primary to Sunday because they needed time to get back to their constituencies.
Olowo further explained that the leadership of the party had assured them that some members of the panel would be replaced because they voiced their lack of confidence in the current panel.
In a response to a question as to whether aspirants were working towards having a consensus candidate, he said, “There is no consensus. We are all going for election.”
Most of the 33 aspirants contesting the primary were present at the meeting.