11 aspirants seeking the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship ticket in Ondo State on Friday rejected the indirect mode of voting adopted for the July 20 primaries in the state.
The development means only Governor Rotimi Akeredolu was the only candidate that had expressed his support for the indirect system of voting for the party’s primaries.
In a letter forwarded to the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee, Mai Mala Buni, the aspirants requested the party to adopt direct primary for the nomination of its governorship flag bearer for the October 10 election in Ondo State.
The letter was signed by Joseph Olusola Iji, Odimayo Okunjimi, Olayide Owolabi Adelaml, Issacs Duerimini Kekemeke, Olusola Oke, lfeoluwa 0yedele and Olajumoke Olubusola.
Others were Awodeyi Akinsehinwa, Akinola Colinus, Olubukola Adetula, Dr Abraham Olusegun Michael and Dr Nathaniel Adojutelegan.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Thursday published on its website that the APC had adopted the indirect mode of voting for its governorship primaries.
The aspirants said: “Having interfaced with party members as aspirants, we can confidently inform you that the overwhelming majority of our party members prefer direct primary for the nomination of the party’s candidate for the 2020 governorship election.
“It is our position that adopting indirect primary election in Ondo State, given the prevailing mood and circumstances is hazardous and result to litigations which will not help our party.
“We most humbly insist that direct primary be adopted as was peacefully utilised in Edo, Osun, Lagos, Oyo and Ogun States.”
According to them, the direct primary will provide a level playing ground for all aspirants and assist in no small measure in mobilising party members to own the candidature of whoever emerges from the process.
“The consequence of knowingly opening the race to all willing members of the party by allowing them to invest time, energy and huge resources only to hand over victory to one of the aspirants by adopting a mode only favourable to that aspirant, is too grave to imagine given the prevailing mode generally in the state and particularly in the party,” they added.