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Reps bye-election: Ondo APC, PDP hold primaries

By Jubril Bada

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As the race for the emergence of candidates for Akure South/North Federal Constituency bye-election in Ondo State hots up, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have scheduled to hold their primaries to select their candidates this week.

According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) timetable, the bye election is billed to hold on February 26.

The APC, according to the timetable from its national  secretariat earlier released  will tomorrow conduct  primary election to pick its candidate for the bye- election.

Also, the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has slated  Thursday for its primaries in Akure, the state capital.

The  All Progressive Party said it will hold a crucial meeting today where it will  adopt  mode  of its primary, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has adopted indirect primary mode to select its candidate, as PDP 350 delegates are  expected to  file out to choose a candidate for the election.

The State Director, Media and Publicity of the APC, Mr. Steve Otaloro, in an interview with The Hope, said the mode of primary to be adopted by the party would be decided at today’s crucial meeting to be held at the party secretariat.

He explained that the number of aspirants for the party’s primary would also be declared at the meeting.

According to Otaloro, the provisions in Electoral Act allow political parties to produce their candidates for the bye-election between February 1 to 6.

His words: “All the decisions arrived at the crucial meeting will be made public.”

Speaking with The Hope, the State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kennedy Peretei, affirmed that five aspirants will contest for the position during the party’s primary, stating that none among the aspirants has withdrawn from the race.

According to him, about 350 delegates from the two local governments are expected at the venue to elect the candidate.

The election, he assured will be a seamless and peaceful exercise, expressing optimism that the PDP will coast home to victory in the election due to the victory the party always recorded in Akure in every poll.

“We have been consulting Akure people to vote for the PDP as a party that can deliver for them and not disappoint the people,” he said.

Other States where INEC the bye-elections will conduct other include; Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency, Akpabuyo State Constituency, Cross River State; Ngor-Okpala State Constituency, Imo State;Jos North/Bassa Federal Constituency, Plateau State;Pankshin South State Constituency, Plateau State.

For the APC, the Screening Appeals was held yesterday (Sunday) to listen to any complaint that might have generated from screening of aspirants held earlier.

The Election Appeal was fixed for Thursday, February 3.

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