Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
National Organising Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Osita Izunaso, Thursday at the Party’s National Secretariat inaugurated a five-member election committee and three-member election appeal committee for the conduct of primaries towards the Ondo State governorship election.
The APC primary election is scheduled for Saturday, September 3, 2016 at the Ondo State capital, Akure.
The five-member Election Committee is chaired by Jigawa State Governor, Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar with Dr. Bruce Ugbode as secretary and Hon. Hamma Adama Ali, Prince M. Martins and Engr. Mohammed Lawal as members.
The three-member Election Appeal Committee is chaired by Mrs. Helen Bendega while Alhaji Musa Umar is secretary while Nikky Ejezie is member.
Speaking during the inauguration, Izunaso charged the Governor Badaru-led committee to ensure that the Ondo Governorship Primary Election is free, fair and transparent.
“We (APC) have twenty-four 24 aspirants that were screened, cleared and are qualified to contest the election. We have met with all the 24 aspirants at the Party level and we have assured them the primaries must be free, fair and transparent. We have no doubt that the team we have assembled will do justice to the desire of our Party…In line with the Electoral Act, the candidate with the highest number of votes will be declared winner of the election.
“We do not have a governor right now in Ondo State but I believe that with this exercise, we will have a governor in November in Ondo state. Once the exercise is transparent free and fair, what is between us and the government house of Ondo state will be two months”, Izunaso said.
Governor Badaru said the committee will ensure justice and fairness to all the contestants.
He also assured that the election be transparent, free and fair.
“I assure aspirants that the Committee will not take any side but the side of the truth. We will do our job diligently and with the fear of God. And I assure you that the end result will be one that everybody will be happy about”, he said.