By Emmanuel Mogbede
Amb. Fati Balla, chairperson of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Ekiti State Governorship election Primary Appeal Committee, said no petition was received from any aspirant on the conduct of the May 12 rescheduled primary election.
She said this on Tuesday in Abuja, while submitting her report on the exercise to Sen. Osita Izunaso, the party´s National Organising Secretary, adding that the primary was rancour free.
Balla said the three-member appeal committee sat for three days expecting petitions after the primary, but received none.
“”In the three days we sat, we did not receive a single petition, either in form of writing, telephone calls or by text message.
“”This is to say there has been no petition after the primary election in Ekiti State, we have therefore, come before you this afternoon to submit our report having completed our assignment’’, she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other members of the committee which was inaugurated on May 2, include Capt. Bala Jibrin (Secretary) and Mrs Lilian Obenwa.
Izunaso while speaking after receiving the committee´s report, thanked its members for undertaking the assignment on behalf of the party.
He added that the party´s leadership was making efforts to reclaim Ekiti in the July 14 governorship election, adding that the party’s national campaign committee for the election would soon be set up.
He urged voters in Ekiti state to come out en-mass to vote for the APC governorship candidate for the election, Dr Kayode Fayemi on the election Day.
“”We are glad that you have finished your assignment after sitting for three days, and there is no petition from any aspirant.
“”We are also glad that the Ekiti primary election has taken place and that the aspirants are working together to ensure that we win the election.
“”The most important thing to us in the APC is victory in the July election, for us, whenever there is a primary election, it is a family affair.
“”And whenever we finish our primary elections, and aspirants and stakeholders come together to work as a team, it gladdens our heart as a party’’, Izunaso said.
He added that the party leadership was planning to meet with all the 33 aspirants that contested the primary for the party´s ticket to properly integrate them into its programme.
The APC national organising secretary expressed optimism the people of Ekiti would regain the mandate they gave to the APC four years ago which it lost to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“”This is another opportunity for Ekiti people to regain that mandate, and this time around, it will no longer be stolen by anybody.
“”Once Ekiti people come out en-mass and vote for the APC, we will defend our result and ensure that we reclaim what truly belongs to us’’, he said.
He noted that it was only Ekiti state in the South West that was not in the APC fold, this he said, showed that the zone was APC.