Ondo APC, Boroffice disagree over party primary

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Peter Dada

The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State and the senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District, Ajayi Boroffice, on Saturday expressed opposing views over the forthcoming primary of the party.

The senator, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kayode Fakuyi, said the party leadership at the national level had adopted direct primary system to elect the candidates of the party ahead of the 2019 general election.

In the statement, Boroffice said, “The adoption of direct primary is a settled matter because the national leadership of the APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and other prominent leaders of the party, are in support of the arrangement.

“It is necessary to reassure members of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State that the national leadership of our party ably led by Adams Oshiomhole, has adopted direct primary as the only means of electing party candidates in Ondo State.

“The position of the APC on direct primary is clear. It states that direct primary will hold in APC-governed states while indirect primary/delegate primary will hold in states where the state governments are not controlled by the APC.

However, the state chairman of the party, Mr. Ade Adetimehin, said the party had not agreed on any position regarding the forthcoming primary in the state.

He added that Boroffice had no authority to speak for the party on any issue as he was not the spokesman for the party in the state.

Adetimehin told our correspondent that it was inappropriate for Boroffice to speak on behalf of the state chapter of the party “when there is a vibrant working committee in place”.

He said, “It is the responsibility of the leadership of the APC to brainstorm, as it has been done elsewhere, and come up with a position that would be announced through the right channel.”

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