A House of Assembly aspirant in Ekiti State, Mr. David Adewole, has protested the removal of his name from the consensus list as decision of the party leaders in the Constituency.
It will be recalled that the All Progressives Congress, APC, had opted for consensus as a means of selecting its candidate for the state and national assembly elections in 2019.
Speaking with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital yesterday, Adewole called on the leadership of the party in the state to ensure that loyal and popular candidates are picked as consensus in order for the party to be victorious at the poll.
Adewole, from Igbara-Odo is in the race to represent Ekiti South West Constituency 11, in state House of Assembly said the party can only boast of victory if popular and committed party men are fielded for the election.
The APC chieftain disclosed that an elders committee was set up in the community to screen all the eleven aspirants where he was chosen as the consensus candidate.
He regretted that the name of an aspirant who came seventh in the ranking, Mr. Joseph Olatunji was published as the consensus candidate.
He appealed to the leadership of the party in the state to as a matter of urgency restore him as the candidate to represent the constituency in the best interest of the party.
His words,” The leaders in Igbara-Odo organized a screening committee with screened all the eleven aspirants of which I came first as the consensus candidate. My name was sent to the party, but to my surprise, the person that came 7th in the screening list has been picked as consensus candidate. Ordinarily, the person is not even known to the town ,not to talk of winning the election for the party. He has never attended any meeting in Igbara-Odo.
” I want to appeal to the committee at the state level should revisit the constituency arrangement and give me my mandate as consensus candidate because I have been recommended by leaders to the state council of the party.I should be considered in the best interest of the party.”