Olusola Oke, an aspirant for the upcoming Ondo State governorship election, has insisted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) must use the direct primary mode to determine its candidate for the election.
Oke, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), made the demand while submitting his APC nomination and expression of interest forms at the ruling party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to the aspirant, the direct primary mode should be used because the Ondo State chapter of the APC is divided into two factions.
Oke insisted that his preferred primary mode will give every aspirant equal opportunities and promised to support Rotimi Akeredolu, a fellow aspirant who is the incumbent state governor, if he emerges through the suggested system.
He said: “During the last (general) election, our party lost two senators and the presidential election due to bad leadership and anti-party activities.
“I am here to present my nomination and expression of interest forms for the Ondo Governorship election.
“Why indirect primary cannot be used in Ondo State at this moment is that the APC in our state is polarised into two, but I assure you that with a good candidate we will deliver.
“All of our leaders and myself are on one side, only Akeredolu is on one side. Even the state exco- their emergence is still a subject of litigation.
“We are asking for direct primary, that is the system that will give every aspirant equal opportunities if Akeredolu emerges (through this system), we will support him.”