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FW: What happened during the Ekiti State primaries?

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

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This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.

 

On Saturday, 5th May 2018, the Ekiti state All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial primary election was suspended following the outbreak of violence. Political parties usually host primaries in order to decide which candidate to field for a particular national, state or local election. 

 

What’s this about?

The primaries, which took place at the Oluyemi Kayode stadium in Ado Ekiti was to select the candidate that would represent the APC for the governorship election in the Ekiti state election slated for 14 July 2018.

The suspension followed allegations that the electoral process had been compromised. Some of the participants accused the delegates who appeared loyal the to the former Governor of the state and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Kayode Fayemi, of manipulating the process.

The delegates who claimed electoral malpractice became violent, leading to snatching of ballot boxes and commotion. It has been reported that the disruption was carried out by those working with two candidates; Babafemi Ojudu, a former Senator and Bimbo Daramola, a former Member of the House of Representatives.

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