26 aspirants for Ekiti PDP primary
The list of the 26 aspirants for the March 15 governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has been released.
The candidates are former Police Affairs Minister Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade (rtd.); former Governor Ayodele Fayose; Senator Gbenga Aluko; Mr. Biodun Aluko; Mr. Femi Bamisile; Mr. Tunji Odeyemi; Prince Adedayo Adeyeye; Chief Bode Olowoporoku; Mr. Bimbo Owolabi; Chief Ropo Ogunbolude and Mr. Bisi Omoyeni.
The rest are Mr. Peter Obafemi; Mrs. Bola Oloyede; Amb. Dare Bejide; Mr. Femi Olaosebikan; Mr. Reuben Famuyibo; Mr. Bodunde Adeyanju; Dr. Kunle Afolayan; Mr. Ayeni Biodun; Mr. Wale Aribisala; Mr. Tunde Ajayi; Mr. Mayowa Aluko; Otunba Segun Olarenwaju; Mrs. Cecilia Dada Bamisaye; Mr. Deji Ajayi and Mr. Ogunleye Israel.
PDP State Publicity Secretary Pastor Kola Oluwawole said the sale of nomination forms begins on Monday.
Oluwawole said: “The National Executive Committee (NEC) has not decided what the cost of the forms will be, although people have been saying it will be between N10 million and N11 million.”
On calls for a consensus candidate, he said: “I do not think anyone should take advocates of a consensus candidate serious. The NEC has clarified its position many times that the only constitutional thing that will ensure transparency and fairness is to conduct a primary.
“Even the national chairman has said he would do everything to ensure the sanctity of the constitution and that a well coordinated primary shall be conducted for aspirants. Aspirants should be on the field now canvassing for peoples’ votes.”