THE All Progressives Congress in Oyo State announced a few adjustment in the timetable of its primary elections today for all chairmanship and councillorship aspirants who have been cleared to participate in the exercise by the party’s screening committees.
The APC said in a statement issued in Ibadan, the state capital, by its Publicity Secretary, Olawale Sadare, that the primary scheduled for Thursday, August 24, will now be held on Friday, August 25, and Monday, August 28, “as occasion demanded that we leave no stone unturned to ensure free, fair, and credible exercise.”
Sadare stated that the primary was essential due to numerous expressions of interest on the side of party faithful who wish to fly the APC banner in the local government council election scheduled for April next year by the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission.
He added, “The schedule of the party primary will now be split into two and we have picked this Friday to conduct the exercise in all the Wards and LGAs in both Oyo Central and Oyo North Senatorial districts while the turn of the 99 Wards and nine local government councils in Oyo South will be Monday next week.
“Reports submitted by the screening committees established that we have competent aspirants in all the 351 wards and 33 LGAs as this indicates that APC remains the most popular party in the state.
“As earlier announced, we are adopting the direct primary option to accommodate all registered party members in the decision to field candidates and there shall be no compromise.
“On the day of the primary, delegates are expected to gather at the designated venue in each ward and undertake the accreditation process which shall be followed by a headcount of delegates found on the queue behind each aspirant or their recognised agent whole the aspirant with the simple majority would be declared the winner by the relevant official deployed for the exercise by the party,” Sadare stated.