Abuja – Baring any political twists, the rescheduled Etiti guber election primary scheduled by the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, this Friday may not hold.
This development came as marathon meeting summoned by Ahmed Tinubu, APC National leader, and other South-West leaders to broker a truce among the 33 governorship aspirants ended in a deadlock.
The meeting that started at six in the evening on Tuesday stretched into the night. Some the aspirants were still considering the options placed before at the time of filing this report.
Former governor of Osun State Chief Bisi Akande, who spoke to journalists after the meeting, said the ad hoc committee has placed several options before the aspirants among which is the choice by some of them to step down.
He said that the option of consensus candidate and straight primaries are all allowed by the party’s constitution.
According to him, the meeting is called to seek what is best for the aspirants the party and the nation.
He said: “We are going to convey our resolution to the party and the party will be able to tell you.
“We took a decision on what will be the best advantage to our party and the country. Consensus is already written in our constitution and it is an option.
“Also primary election is already in our constitution. But what we want is the general happiness of the leaders of the Party, the contestants and our Party.
On whether the aspirants agreed to step down for one of them, he said “that option is given to them, but it requires them going back, thinking about it and informing us”.
On fresh primary, he said: “We are going to talk to the party about what the aspirants have said and what we all thought was best and we know that the party will take the right decision.
The party chooses its own date, choose the modalities and the method of doing it and when it was aborted, the Party cancelled it. Who am I to say I disagree with that?
“I was not part of that process. I am now going to be part of the new process so that we don’t have the kind of problems we had,” declared Akande.
Present at the meeting attended by majority of the aspirants include Chief Bisi Akande, Segun Osoba, former governor of Ogun State and prominent APC stalwarts from the South-West political zone. Chairman of the Governorship Primary Election, Tanko Al-Makura was briefly seen at the venue of the meeting.
It appeared, however, that the consensus candidate option would be a hard sell as some of the aspirants showed that those who were opposed to the consensus gambit, INDEPENDENT learnt include Kayode Fayemi, Minister of Mines and Steel and former governor of the State.
He was said to have walked out soon after the meeting summoned by Ahmed Tinubu went into session.
He was however defended by Segun Oni who insisted that nobody walked of the meeting. According to Oni, Fayemi left after the meeting but he never walked out.
Oni, who said he was opposed to the idea of a consensus candidate, said the option is difficult to achieve at this point of the contest.
“All of us agreed to abide by the decision of meeting. Yes, consensus candidate came up, some of us kicked against it. You can’t talking of consensus when nobody is talking about consensus,” he said.
The meeting, which lasted over five hours, took place at the Lagos State Government Lodge Annex in Asokoro Abuja.