A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant for the June 18 Governorship election in Ekiti State, Senator Biodun Olujimi, has withdrawn from the race.
Olujimi announced her withdrawal while briefing newsmen at the venue of the party’s primary accreditation held at the Pope John Paul 11 Pastoral Centre in Ado-Ekiti, on Wednesday.
Olujimi, representing Ekiti South Senatorial District at the Upper chamber of the National Assembly, cited irregularities in the processes leading to the primaries.
She alleged that the delegates’ list brought by the electoral body had been allegedly doctored in favour of a camp in the party.
Olujimi, who denied stepping down for a particular aspirant, said, “I have only pulled out of the race and not for any aspirant.
“My party has not been fair to me at all, I feel cheated with the ongoing situation,” she said.
Also briefing journalists at the venue of the primary voting centre, Mr. Segun Oni, an aspirant and former Governor of Ekiti State, applauded the smooth conduct of the accreditation and the entire process so far.
He said that the few noticeable hitches which had been corrected are not enough to discredit the processes.
“As far as I am concerned, the process is going on smoothly, though there are few errors which had been cleared, but I don’t think those errors are significant enough to discredit the processes,” Oni said.
Also reacting to the processes, another aspirant and former State Deputy Governor, Prof. Olusola Eleka, scored the accreditation fairly satisfied.
He, however, complained of the arrangements of the ballot boxes, which was immediately addressed by the Chairman of the PDP electoral body, Mr Emmanuel Udom and Governor of Akwa-Ibom.
The election proper, however, commenced at exactly 3:59p.m.