Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has hinted that the Peoples Democratic Party may adopt Option A4 in the selection of its candidates for the forthcoming local government elections in the state.
He stated this in Ado-Ekiti during an interactive session with party leaders from Efon, Gbonyin and Ekiti East local government areas of the state.
According to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, on Tuesday, the governor, at the meeting, warned aspirants against dropping his name for political gains.
Option A4 was made popular during the regime of the military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, where voters would queue openly behind their preferred candidates during elections.
Fayose, while giving reasons for the possible adoption of the system, said it would help to clear ambiguities and allow the most popular aspirants to emerge as the party candidates.
“We are going to use Option A4 to choose our candidates for the coming local government elections. In areas where the people have unanimously agreed on their candidate, there is no problem, but in any place where there is a single dissenting voice, primaries will be held.
“All aspirants should go into the field and work. Nobody should drop my name as having endorsed him. I hope to lead the team of party leaders that will go round to conduct the primaries where necessary. The party has spelt out the conditions for aspirants to meet, there is not going to be any deviation from that.
“As for women aspirants, while they may be asked to pay less fees than men, it is not that they will be given blanket ticket or get it on a platter of gold. A woman aspirant must also be popular among her people and be the preferred candidate,” he stated.
Fayose urged party leaders and aspirants to mobilise people to the party and to ensure that they were registered in the ongoing voter registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The governor said nobody was being blocked from aspiring to be the candidate of the party in the 2018 governorship election in the state because the party would still conduct primary to pick its candidate.