By Ifeanyi Nwoko
Dr. Nat Adojutelegan, one of the aspirants for the Ondo State Governorship election has called on the leadership of the party under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to employ direct primaries in determining its candidate.
Adojutelegan, briefing newsmen in Abuja on Monday after submitting his expression of interest and nomination forms, recalled the 2018 APC Congress in Ondo was fraught with irregularities.
He said that the fallout of the congress which produced parallel executive committees was still pending in court and as such, a repeat should be averted by employing direct primaries.
“I can’t end this press conference without addressing the raging controversy regarding the mode of election to adopt in the forthcoming primary elections.
“In these circumstances 11 of the 12 aspirants contesting in the primary election prefer Direct Primary mode of election.
“I respectfully ask the national leadership of the party to adopt direct Primary for the following reasons:
“Avoid a deepening inter-crisis; Unify all the members of the party in readiness and preparation for the governorship election; Avoid excluding and disenfranchising a majority of the members of the party.
“Create a level playing field for the aspirants; Catalyst to winning the governorship election by enabling emergence of the most popular aspirant as the party’s candidate; Avoid the Zamfara’s experience,” he said.
The governorship candidate assured that his bid was aimed at achieving realistic missions of bringing about an egalitarian state, giving the people a sense of belonging and sustainable livelihoods as well as high living standards.
He assured that he planned to in the short term; change the historical narrative by putting people first and initiating policies for the betterment of the people.
He stressed that apart from people oriented policies, he would focus on enabling people have sensible livelihood, meet the needs at the local level and lead a transparent and accountable government.
“On Monday 29th June 2020, I collected the expression of interest and nomination form at the national secretariat of the APC. I have submitted the forms.
“My campaign tour will commence fully on the 9th of July 2020 after the screening exercise, I will be visiting wards across the state to solicit support from members of the party.
“I will create an enabling environment for industrialisation of the state to create jobs and wealth.
“I will enable the youth to acquire relevant skills required to develop our local economy
“I will review School fees of tertiary institutions,’’ he added. (NAN)