Ekiti guber: PDP speaks on imposition of candidate

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) said there would be no imposition of candidate or display of
impunity in its primary election for Ekiti governorship race.

National Organising Secretary of the party, Col. Austin Akobundu
(retd), made the pledge while receiving Nomination and Expression of
Interest Forms from two aspirants to the governorship seat at the
party's National Secretariat, Abuja, on Friday.

The aspirants are former Deputy Governor of the state, Sen. Abiodun
Olujimi and Prof. Kolapo Olusola, incumbent Deputy Governor of the

Akubundu assured that the party's primary poll scheduled for May 8,
would be free, fair and credible.

He said that the mandate given to the NWC was sacred and that it would
be demonstrated in the conduct of the primary.

"I want to assure you that there will not be imposition of candidate
or impunity. We will respect the wish, expectations and aspirations of
the people as one of the mandates given to us is to do what is right.

"The guideline of the party has stipulated the process to follow; we
will follow it.

"I assure you that the primary will be free, fair and credible in
Ekiti, which is the first state we are going to conduct it," he said.

The organising secretary called on the aspirants and their supporters
to play by the rule so that whoever emerged would be supported.

Akubundu told Olujimi, a female lawmaker representing Ekiti Central at
the Senate, that PDP would give equal opportunity to all aspirants,
including women, saying that PDP was a gender-friendly family.

"This is why we feel exited whenever we see any woman contesting in
any election," he said.

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