All progressives Congress, APC Ondo State has declared that the Senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District, Prof Ajayi Boroffice has no power to speak for the party on the nature of their primaries.
According to a release signed by the Director of Media and Publicity of the party in the State Steve Otaloro the party described the statement as unfortunate.
Senator Ajayi Boroffice’s statement that Ondo State would adopt the direct primary option is quite an unfortunate remark. There is no indication to it that the state would adopt the direct against the usual delegate pattern in the coming primaries of the APC in the state.
Senator Ajayi Boroffice is not in the position to speak for the party on the subject at hand.
The said statement casts him as evolving the rules in a contest he is going to be a contestant.
Such uncharitable statement possibly arose out of jealousy for his co-contestants who are more entrenched in the party than he is – among delegates.
Also, it can be inferred that he entertains fear for competition in a delegate-driven primary, as he has been out of touch with the party delegates that overwhelmingly voted for him in the 2015 primary, hence his intent to change the rules of the game. Clearly, he has distanced himself from the party and, consequently, from the elected members of his constituencies.
It is the responsibility of the leadership of the party to decide what option would be most appropriate for the exercise – considering resources and logistics.
In the words of the National Vice Chairman (South West), Pastor Bankole Oluwajana, ” The leadership of the party would decide what option to adopt after consultations with all stakeholders”, that would represent (APC) our stand, presently.
So, It would be most recommended that Senator Ajayi Boroffice await the policy decision on the said subject matter from the appropriate quarters.
The party application of direct or indirect primaries would be the one most appropriate, transparent and acceptable to all aspirants. This is devoid of favoritism. Also, it will gives all aspirants equal chances on the playing field.
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