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Primaries: PDP aspirants hail watertight security

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By ADEOTI OKUNLOLA, OLAYINKA OLAWALE and EDITH OFFIONG

Lagos- Some PDP  aspirants for  House of Assembly and Federal House of Representatives in Surulere Constituency I, have expressed hope for a free, fair and credible primaries.

The aspirants made their views known in separate interviews  with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday at No 67, Adelabu St., Surulere, venue of the primaries.

NAN observed the presence of heavily armed security personnel, which included the Police, Army and Civil Defense, to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

Mr Akinkunmi Thomas, a house of representatives aspirant, who hailed the security arrangement, noted that everything was set for the primaries.

Thomas said the process was fine, including the security arrangements, adding that, apart from the delay which had  been addressed by the party excutives, there were no flaws yet.

He said he was hopeful of emerging the candidate of the party.

The aspirant also said that if he emerged the winner, he would focus more on finding a lasting solution to the power sector issue in the country.

”I am hopeful that at the end of the day, victory belongs to me. If I win, I hope to focus on the power sector and  will lobby to give to the people 15-17 hours supply of power.

”The process is fine and the  security is tight and no flaws yet,” he said.

Another aspirant, Mr Suleiman Thompson (state house of assembly), said he was  also hopeful that the primaries would be  free and fair.

Thompson commended the security personnel and party officials who had really been up and doing to ensure a smooth conduct of the primaries.

”The security here is tight, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) is on ground and other security agencies. I give them kudos for the security  arrangement. I believe we will get it done soon.

”We are very confident it will be a wonderful day and it will hopefully be  free and fair.
Abdulateef Sanni said his Is positive and hopeful of winning the primaries.

”I am prepared for whatever comes out of it and ready to embrace peace,” he said.

Similarly, Mr Williams Awinla-Banigo, a PDP chieftain, told NAN that the delay was caused by what he alleged to be internal issues in the party, but which were being addressed.

Awinla-Banigo, who also expressed  hope for a free and fair primaries, urged the aspirants to embrace peace at the outcome of the primaries.

He said that aspirants should not see the outcome of the process as ‘a do or die affair’.

”It is just like a football game between Arsenal and Chelsea. One person will win, while the other will lose.

”The important thing is to embrace each other and work together for the good of the party. Don’t engage in politics of bitterness,” he said.

Mr imafidon francis, the PDP ward chairman, Stadium/Igbaja ward, expressed confidence in the party to conduct free and credible primaries.

He said four aspirants were contesting for the house of representatives ticket while two others were contesting for state house of assembly.

Mr Jamiu Awofala, Vice Chairman, PDP, Surulere LGA, said all was set for the primaries which held on Sunday.

NAN correspondents monitoring the process in Surulere reports that the primaries did not start in the two constituencies in the area as at the time of filing this report at about 3:25 p.m. (NAN)

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