The All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship primary in Ekiti State was on Saturday stalemated with exercise suspended indefinitely over violence that erupted on alleged fraud being perpetrated by a particular aspirant.
Before the decision was taken, there was a serious violence at the Oluyemi Kayode stadium, venue of the exercise, as agents of some strong contenders accused security agencies of allegedly compromising the process in favour of former governor Kayode Fayemi.
The Chairman of the APC Primary and Nasarawa State Governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura, who hurriedly entered his vehicle and left the venue after a meeting with the 33 aspirants on the need to extract commitments from them for peaceful poll, did not officially brief the press on the pact reached with the stakeholders.
But two aspirants, Hon Bimbo Daramola and former Speaker, Hon, Femi Bamisile, said it was a unanimous verdict at the meeting that the process should be suspended indefinitely.
Daramola said: “There was an issue somewhere about the exercise and they raised observation about sharp practices that had compromised the process , which led to protest and the feeling was that the process should be suspended to avoid bloodshed”.
On the allegation that Fayemi was leading with a wide margin and that that led to the protest, Daramola stated that : “I don’t believe that is correct. The results have not been counted, so that was an assumption . Ekiti APC is not in any way fractured, we are one big family. If Fayemi defeats us, we are all going to back him, because the party is supreme. But this must come through a free, fair and credible process”.
Only delegates from four local governments had concluded their voting and was on the turn of the fifth council when the violence erupted .