Ahead of Saturday’s governorship primary election, the Osun Governorship Primary Election Committee of the All Progressives Congress led by Kwara State Governor, AbdulFatai Hammed on Friday met with the three governorship aspirants at a stakeholders meeting held at the state party secretariat and adopted direct primary option for the election.
The chairman of the committee, AbdulFatai Hammed promised to deliver a free, fair and credible governorship primary.
The three contestants, namely: the incumbent governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, a former Secretary to the state government, Moshood Adeoti and a former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Hon. Lasu Yussuf was in attendance at the meeting.
Speaking on behalf of the Committee, the Chairman of the Committee and Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, said the Committee was fully prepared to maintain peace, urging members of the party to conduct themselves peacefully.
Other members of the Committee are Sen. Julius Ucha (Secretary); Sen. Dr. Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe; Hon. Abdulkarim AbdulRhaman; Hon. Wale Raji; Chief Mrs. Yetunde Imolehin; Mr. Ofonmbuk Okon Bassy.
The Committee Chairman said, “We are here as members of the Osun Governorship Primary Election Committee of our party.
“Since yesterday, we have communicated necessary information to all the aspirants and that was done through SMS, WhatsApp and other means and all the aspirants have taken willingness to come and they were informed to come with 10 supporters and their agents in the 332 Wards.
“We came here with peace. Our party is a peaceful party and we are going to do everything to ensure that peace is maintained throughout the entire process. Fairness, equity, justice, credibility and peace are our watchwords.
“I want you all to come out peacefully and in large numbers to vote for your preferred aspirant. What we are looking for is peace and I can assure you that we will leave no stone unturned to ensure a peaceful, free and fair exercise.
“To us as a Committee, peace, love, unity and oneness are our watchwords. Let’s be our brother’s keepers. What we should be celebrating is peace, love and oneness and as we are moving into the field, we should go in peace. We are here to do justice to all aspirants”, he added.
The Secretary to the election committee, while announcing the modality for the election said accreditation of voters will start by 8:00 am and end by noon adding that voting will take place between the hours of 12 noon and 2:00 pm.
In their remarks, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti and Hon. Lasun Yussuf urged the committee to be transparent in their dealings.
Also speaking, Governor Oyetola who described the exercise as purely a family affair adding that Osun is a peaceful state.
He called on members of the party who are the electorate to be of good conduct.
Earlier, while welcoming the election committee to the party secretariat, the state chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun said the party is ready for the election and assured them that everything has been put in place for a successful election.