fewer than 2,132 delegates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will
participate in Tuesday’s governorship primary election for the July 14
election in Ekiti State.
Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, made this known
when he briefed newsmen on preparations for the primary in Abuja on
Mr Ologbondiyan said the number of delegates was made up of 1,585 statutory and 547 elected and national.
He explained that the statutory delegates comprised party officials,
current and past elected councillors, council chairman, former State
Working Committee members, and members of National Assembly.
The others, according to him, are former federal lawmakers, speakers,
serving and former members of National Executive Committee, who are
still members of the party and former governors.
Ologbondiyan also disclosed that all the 51 appointees of the state
governor who did not resign their appointments but contested delegate
election and won at the Ward level had been dropped.
He said that the delegates were dropped because they did not resign
their appointments in line with the Constitution of the party, adding
that PDP, as father of democracy was committed to always doing what was
The spokesman disclosed that the Primary Election Committee for the
state had Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as chairman, while the
party’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus, would chair the Appeal
All other members of the National Working Committee (NWC) are also
members of the Appeal Committee which will be sitting in Abuja on
He added that all three aspirants in the party had been cleared for the primary election by the party’s Screening Committee.
The aspirants are incumbent Deputy Governor of the state, Olusola Eleka;
a senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, Abiodun Olujimi
and the immediate past National Publicity Secretary of the party, Dayo
Mr Ologbondiyan expressed optimism that that the primary would be
transparent and successful, saying, “So far, the three aspirants are
happy with all arrangements.