APC Reschedules Ekiti Governorship Primary Election


The Chairman of the Committee on the Ekiti State All Progressives Congress’ governorship primaries, Tanko Al-Makura, has issued guidelines for the rescheduled primaries slated for Saturday at the Damlek Event Centre in Ado Ekiti.

He told journalists in Ado Ekiti on Friday that the measures were to forestall a repeat of what occurred last Saturday when the exercise was disrupted by some agents.

Mr Al-Makura, who is the governor of Nasarawa State, said those who were culpable in disrupting last Saturday’s exercise, have been banned from taking part in the rescheduled primaries.
He assured that the exercise would be free and fair, but warned that aspirants must cooperate with the committee by adhering to strictly to the guidelines.

He said the accreditation of delegates, journalists, observers and other critical stakeholders would start at 8am, while adequate security arrangements and other facilities needed for the conveniences of participants had been provided.

“Any delegate accredited won’t be allowed to go out for any reason,” Mr Al-Makura said while reading out the guidelines.
“Any delegate that enters the arena must be identified by his party membership card, and extra statutory identity like International Passport, Driver’s Licence and National ID Card.

“Such delegates must be identified with the list given to us by the National Secretariat. All accreditation must be completed for delegates from all the senatorial zones before voting starts.
“Voting will be done once at a time and it will start with delegates from Ekiti South, the farthest, then to Ekiti North and Ekiti Central, the closest.
“After identification, delegates will be given ballot paper and they will submit their delegates tag for punching and the will also submit the ropes of their tags.
“Cubicle for voting area are ready for delegates and delegates will go in and cast their votes. One outlet will be dedicated for voters and no voter will be allowed back into the hall once he votes.

“At the end of the voting, there will be sorting to be followed by counting.”
He also noted that the panel won’t allow any aspirant or delegate that wears branded clothing to the venue of the primary.

He further warned that those suspended for their involvement in last Saturday’s fracas would be arrested if found at the venue of the primaries.
He noted that some of the hoodlums arrested for disrupting the primaries were already being prosecuted in court.


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