Oyo APC Postpones LG Election Primaries
The primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC, earlier scheduled for tomorrow, 19th February 2018, to select the party flagbearer for the forthcoming council election in Oyo State has been postponed indefinitely.
The party’s public relations officer, Olawale Sadare, in a statement, explained that “it was left with no option other than postponing its intra-party election earlier scheduled for Monday, February 19, 2018, in view of the extension of deadline for the submission of candidates’ list which the State Independent Electoral Commission announced at the weekend.”
OYSIEC had announced on Saturday that it was again extending the deadline for the political parties participating in the May 12, 2018, local government council poll to conclude their party primaries owing to issues relating to the delineation of wards exercise recently carried out in the state.
Sadare said the governing party regretted that the need for the postponement of the party primaries arose at a time it had concluded all arrangement required for the anticipated successful conduct of the exercise in all the 33 local government councils and 35 local council development areas of the state.
He added: “As a party that is interested in developing Oyo State and its people, we are convinced that accommodating the new wards in the May 12 poll would be in the overall interest of all and sundry. Therefore, we see the latest development as an important sacrifice which we have to pay at this material time.
“Meanwhile, we are using this opportunity to appeal for calm and understanding among APC’s chairmanship and councillorship aspirants even as we assure that the much-awaited party primaries would be held in a transparent manner as against the insinuations coming from some quarters,” APC said.