Political parties in Ondo State have agreed with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to conduct the bye-election to fill the Ilaje/Ese- Odo Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives on April 5.
They also expressed their readiness to conduct their primaries this week and produce acceptable candidates for the election.
The seat was rendered vacant by the death of its former occupier, Raphael Nomiye, in November, 2013.
According to the timetable released by INEC last week, all the parties interested in the poll are to conduct their primaries latest by March 8. Campaigns would commence on March 8 and end April 4, the time table, which has been endorsed by the major political parties, stated.
The Director of Publicity and Research of the ruling Labour Party, LP, Koye Odogiyan, described it as a welcome development.
He said the party was prepared for the poll and expressed optimism that it would win the by-election. Odogiyon promised that the party’s candidate would emerge before the end of this week.
He said: “Within the next few days, we will conduct our party primaries and we are very sure of victory.”
Also, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, State Chairman, Ebenezer Alabi, said the April 5 date was a product of the stakeholders’ meeting the commission had with the parties last week. He added that the party would follow due process in picking its flag bearer at the poll.
Alabi, who hinted that the PDP would adopt a consensus candidate, also promised that its candidate would emerge this week.
“We are thinking of picking our candidate through consensus because that is what I have been advocating since I became the chairman of the party in the state,” he said.
The State Secretary, All Progressives Congress, APC, Olu Adegboro, discosed that three factors were considered by INEC before arriving at the date with political parties.