By Adekola Afolabi & Abiodun Adejare
Ahead of the 2019 general elections in the country, the Ondo state chapter of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), has conducted primary for aspirants vying for various constituencies in the Ondo State House of Assembly.
At the end of the state Assembly primary held in Akure, the Ondo state capital, four candidates were elected unopposed by the party delegates through voice votes to fly the flag of the party in their different constituencies in the forthcoming elections.
The candidates are, Aderinboye Temitope, Owo State Constituency 1; Olonimoyo Henry, Idanre State Constituency; Akinnikawe Ayodeji, Ondo West State constituency 2 and Ogunrinde Ayodele, Ondo West State constituency 1.
The election was supervised by a representative of INEC.
One of the candidates, Ogunrinde Ayodele, is the state Chairman of the ANRP but relinquished his position to his deputy to enable him contest for the assembly position.
The chairman of the electoral committee, Ogunsua Ademola, described the election as free, fair, transparent and peaceful.
According to him, the primary was conducted in line with the party constitution and electoral law.
Ademola particularly lauded the delegates and the candidates for conducting themselves peacefully, before, during and after the primary.
He explained that the party is fielding candidates for only four constituencies in the state because that is what it has capacity and strength to do, nothing that all the candidates are well educated, competent and responsible.
He added that the party was ready and prepared to ensure good governance starting from the grass roots, just as he described ANRP as a party for the youth.
The state secretary of the party, Fasoranti Olalekan noted that the party will spring surprise in the forthcoming election as he expressed optimism that candidates of the party will come out victorious at the polls.
He added that ANRP will bring about new Nigeria and restore the country to the path of progress and development.
The candidates said their decisions to contest for their respective constituencies were borne out of the desires to serve their people and make good laws for the development of their constituencies and the state at large.
They promised to restore order in the House and ensure good representation in terms of accountability, youth employment, education development and overall development of their various constituencies if elected.