Ado Ekiti – Gov. Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State has said that the PDP in the state adopted Option A4 in its primaries for candidates for the Dec. 23 council poll to ensure transparency.
Fayose, said this in a statement which was issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday.
The governor said that the election procedure would also give room for the most popular candidates to emerge winners in the primaries.
Option A4 entails voters queuing behind the preferred candidate and being counted as having voted for the candidate.
The election procedure was adopted during the annulled 1993 general election during the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.
The governor said that the procedure would also eliminate acrimony as whoever lost would know he or she lost in a free and fair process.
“We want a transparent process to select our candidates and we don’t want to have serious issues as fallout of the exercise.
“If a person loses and sees that there was a level playing field, his complaints and grievances will be minimal.
“To ensure fairness in accreditation of those to vote, you have to come with your party membership card and voter card.’’
“Apart from that, party executive in each ward as well as aspirants are at the gate to identify voters before they come.
“When those people cannot identify a voter as being a member of their wards, such a person is not allowed in,’’ he said. (NAN)