EKITI STATE governor, Mr.
Ayodele Fayose has hinted that
the Peoples Democratic Party,
PDP, might adopt Option A4 in
the selection of its candidates
for the coming local government
election in the state.
Fayose made the remarks in
Ado-Ekiti during an interactive
session with party leaders from
Efon, Gbonyin and Ekiti East
Local Government Areas of the
The chief press secretary
to the governor, Mr Idowu
Adelusi yesterday said the
governor also warned aspirants
against dropping his name for
political gains.
He said Option A4 was made
popular during the regime
of the military president,
General Ibrahim Babangida,
where voters would queue
openly behind their preferred
candidates during elections.
Fayose, while giving reasons
for the possible adoption of the
system, said it would help clear
ambiguities and allow the most
popular aspirants to emerge as
the party’s candidates.
“We are going to use Option
A4 to choose our candidates for
the coming local government
election. In areas where the
people have unanimously
agreed on their candidate,
there is no problem, but in any
place where there is a single
dissenting voice, primaries will
be held.
“All aspirants should go into
the field and work. Nobody
should drop my name as
having endorsed them. I hope
to lead the team of party
leaders that will go round to
conduct the primaries where
necessary. The party has spelt
out the conditions for aspirants
to meet, there is not going to be
any deviation from that.
“As for women aspirants,
while they may be asked to pay
less fees than men, it is not that
they will be given blanket ticket
or get it on a platter of gold. A
woman aspirant must also be
popular among her people and
be the preferred candidate,” he
He urged party leaders and
aspirants to mobilise people to
the party and to ensure such
people were registered in the
ongoing voters registration
exercise by the Independent
National Electoral Commission.
The governor said nobody was
being blocked from aspiring to
be the candidate of the party in
the 2018 governorship election
in the state, as the party would
still conduct primary to pick its

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