Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, a former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, has emphasized the importance of a free and fair primary for the APC in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Akeredolu said on Wednesday in a statement which reads, “When we have a primary, all the aspirants will fall into line. By the time we obtain forms, I am sure that the number of aspirants would reduce. Even with five or more aspirants, we can agree among ourselves that whosoever wins, the others would support him. I have always argued that primaries are an essential part of party politics. It is necessary.
“The national leadership of the APC has assured us of a level playing field. We believe they will do just that. The party’s national leaders have demonstrated that they can conduct a transparent primary. The records are there. We had the most transparent presidential primary. We had free and fair governorship primaries in Kogi and Bayelsa states. Ondo State would follow these democratic examples.”
He also argued that the reason he was chosen as the candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria in 2012 was because of the Party’s policy as at then which had since changed.