Some members of the All progressives congress in Ekiti state have stormed the party secretariat in Ado Ekiti to protest the party’s decision to adopt indirect method during tomorrow’s primary Election for both the Senatorial and House of Representatives seats.
The members in their hundreds carried placards with inscriptions “no to indirect primary, ” oshiomhole has spoken” no to imposition” power belongs to the people” let’s avoid protest vote” among others and urged the party to rescind such decision and allow direct method where all members would vote.
The protesters took over activities at the secretariat for hours despite the presence of Security Agencies while the staffers hurriedly ran away for fear of possible attack..
The Protesters including Pastor Yemi Olayinka and Mrs Olutoye Ajakaiye said members should be allowed to determine the fate of aspirants and test their popularity through direct primary as against the indirect just adopted by the party twenty four hours to the primaries.
Also Dr Oluomo Osinkolu and Akinlayo kolawole who led others in the same protest said since the lists of the delegates for the indirect primary was still within the party,such arrangement would be unfair and make the exercise questionable.
In a comment, an aspirant Mr Cyril fasuyi who supported direct primary observed that the indirect method was not known to the contestants stressing that an attempt to impose such would have negative affect on chances of the party in subsequent polls.
Meanwhile, one of the contestants for the Ekiti North senatorial seat on the platform of APC Senator Ayo Arise has withrawn from the race.
Speaking with newsmen, Senator Arise said his decision was due to the party resolution to adopt indirect primaries twenty four hours to the Election.
In a reaction, the state chairman of APC, Mr Paul omotosho affirmed that the decision to adopt indirect method was reached during a meeting of the party’s stakeholders who were directly involved in the process..
Mr omotosho promised that the grievances of the protesters would be looked into in view of the importance of the primary elections to the party.