Akin Akande, Abuja
As Ekiti state prepares for the governorship election next year, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday declared that it has no ‘anointed’ aspirant in the forthcoming governorship primaries of the party in the state.
The national leadership of the party assured all the aspirants of a level playing field yesterday, when the Ekiti State Executive paid a solidarity visit to the leadership of the party at the national secretariat, Abuja.
Briefing newsmen after its closed door with the party national leadership that lasted for about an hour, the National Secretary of the party, Prof Adewale Oladipo, said the Ekiti State party executive was at the secretariat to pay a courtesy and solidarity visit on him and other leaders of the party from the South-west zone within the party’s National Working Committee.
He, however, stated that the party used the opportunity to address grey areas in the state party administration.
The national secretary said: “We used the opportunity to listen to them on what happens in the state. We have asked them to prepare for the 2014 governorship election. We have assured them that there would be a level playing ground.
“Mr. President has not adopted, will not adopt anybody as a preferred candidate of PDP in Ekiti. Also the NWC will not adopt anybody as candidate. Due process will be followed.
“The consensus committee is illegal and must be stopped. It is the duty of the national leadership to conduct primaries for candidate to emerge.”
The assurance came to douse tension over controversy surrounding alleged push for consensus candidate, which has polarised the party in the state.
It would be recalled that the Ekiti Renaissance Group had petitioned the PDP NWC on the activities of the state chairman, Mr. Makanjuola Ogundipe, while some members of the State Working Committee also petitioned the national leadership of the party over the issue.