As the primary for the election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer for the Ekiti state governorship election draws near, the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, has been advised to ensure that the March 15 primary was free, fair and acceptable to all aspirants.
Mr Deji Ajayi, a governorship aspirant in the PDP, gave the advice yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, saying that what the PDP needed most “at this critical period to win the June 21, election is unity and fairness.”
Ajayi declared that the party leaders must be prepared to handle the primary with caution to avert post primary crisis that could work against the prospect of the party during the poll.
He said: “The PDP found it difficult to win the 2007 governorship election involving Governor Kayode Fayemi of the Action Congress and ex-Governor Segun Oni of the PDP because of the post primary crisis that tore the party apart.
“I expect the PDP leaders to learn from history this time around. We have to do what is right, so that we can remain united to win the election.
“As things stand today, PDP musters enough membership in Ekiti to defeat Governor Kayode Fayemi. But we have to give these members direction and leadership to galvanize supports for the PDP, so that we can ride to victory easily.”
Ajayi also appealed to the contestants, numbering 32, to play by the rules and refrain from any act that could divide the party and submerge it into avoidable crisis.