The flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for this year’s governorship election in Ekiti State will be elected on May 6, The Nation has learnt.
The date has been picked for the conduct of the party’s primary where the candidate will be elected by delegates at a yet-to-be-determined venue.
The party’s proposed schedule of activities, which our reporter obtained yesterday, shows that APC will begin the sale of its Expression of Interest and Nomination Forms to governorship aspirants on April 6.
The commencement of expression of interest forms to aspirants is exactly one month to the shadow election.
After the conduct of the primary on May 6, hearing of appeals arising from the shadow poll will start on May 8 and end on May 11.
The electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has fixed July 14 as the date for the governorship election.
Voters in all the 2,195 polling units, comprising 177 wards and 16 local government areas will go to the poll to elect a new governor.
Governor Ayo Fayose, who won the June 21, 2014 election, is expected to leave office on October 15.
According to the schedule, Osun State APC governorship primary will hold on July 7.
The sale of nomination forms to aspirants jostling to succeed Governor Rauf Aregbesola will start on June 25.
Hearing of appeals arising from the primary will hold between July 9 and July 12.
The Osun State governorship election will hold on September 22.
According to the schedule, the APC national convention to elect members of the National Working Committee (NWC) will hold on June 30.
The congresses for electing ward officers will hold on March 3 while appeals arising from the ward congresses will hold between March 5 and 9.
March 17 has been picked as the date for the conduct of local government congresses while appeals from aggrieved aspirants will be heard between March 18 and 25.
State congresses to elect officers of the State Working Committees (SWC) will be held on April 14 while appeals arising from the state congresses will be heard between April 16 and 20.
Party members will elect zonal officers at the zonal congresses on May 12 while aggrieved candidates will table their appeals between May 14 and May 18.
Houses of Assembly’s primary will hold on September 15; House of Representatives primary on September 19 and the Senate primary on September 20.
Appeals arising from legislative primaries will hold between September 17 and 30.
The states’ governorship primary (except in Kogi, Bayelsa, Edo, Ondo, Anambra, Ekiti and Osun) will hold on September 22 while appeals will hold between September 24 and 27.
The national convention to ratify a presidential candidate, according to the timetable, will hold on September 29.
INEC has scheduled the 2019 presidential and National Assembly polls on February 16, 2019, while the governorship and State Assembly elections will hold on March 2, 2019.