Ahead of the February 11 Local Government election in Oyo State, the state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has announced plan to conduct its primaries.
APC in a statement issued on Monday by its Director of Publicity and Strategy, Mr. Olawale Sadare, said the much-expected primaries would come up on Friday, January 20, 2017, at the designated centres in the 33 local government areas and would accommodate the newly created 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).
He said the exercise would begin at 8am and would be concluded same day.
Sadare said, "In line with Article 20 of the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress (2014, As Amended), we would like to inform all members of our great party in Oyo State, particularly all aspirants who have been cleared by the Screening Committees as well as party executive members at all levels and all others concerned, that party primaries aimed at choosing candidates for the available posts in the February, 2017 local government elections would hold this Friday at designated venues across the state.
"It is important to emphasize here that Supreme Court pronouncement has placed nomination of candidates for any election on the shoulder of political parties. To this end, aspirants are warned to steer clear of any anti-party activities and its leadership as doing so would attract severe sanctions from the party.
"As a matter of fact, aspirants are reminded that any established case of unwarranted attacks against the party and its leadership may lead to disqualification or even withdrawal of nominations."