An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Ekiti State, Chief John Filani, has expressed concern over the increasing number of the party’s governorship aspirants.
Filani, who spoke with our reporter yesterday, said it is unhealthy for about 50 aspirants to jostle for the party’s ticket.
He warned that allowing such a number of aspirants to go into a shadow poll could cause a post-primary crisis which could affect the party at the main election.
Filani, a party leader in Ikole Local Government Area, suggested that the aspirants’ number be reduced to nine – with three from each of the three senatorial districts – to have a manageable primary.
The APC chieftain suggested that Ekiti APC Elders’ Forum and the state chapter of Afenifere should organise mini-primaries in each of the three senatorial districts for the nine aspirants to be elected.
He said: “We should be careful in our party about the ever-increasing number of aspirants seeking our party’s governorship ticket.
“We should be frank with ourselves: going into the primary with over 50 aspirants is unhealthy for our party. For us to have a rancour-free primary, the number should be reduced.
“I want to suggest the conduct of mini-primaries for the aspirants, to be supervised by the elders’ forum and Afenifere in each of the three senatorial districts, to select the best three from each of the zones to give us just nine contestants.”
“We should not go into the election with a divided house. Let us reduce the aspirants to nine: three from each of the three senatorial districts.”