By Ade Adesola
There is looming crisis in the Ondo State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as the party plans to release the screening results of 101 aspirants jostling for the chairmanship seats in the 18 Local Government Areas of the State.
The crisis is compounded by failure of the APC leadership to release outcome of the screening exercise to the aspirants.
Already, the APC has fixed the party primary election for 3rd of February, ahead of the council polls slated for 18th of April.
The screening committee, headed by the State Chairman of the APC, Ade Adetimehin, is expected to release the result of the screening on 3rd of February, the date fixed for the primaries.
A reliable source at the party secretariat in Akure said the screening result was delayed in order to avoid crisis in the party.
It was also gathered that most of the aspirants that participated in the screening exercise are civil servants and political appointees.
Many of these appointees and civil servants have not resigned their appointments, in line with the party’s guidelines.
Accccording to the source, the screening committee maybe waiting for the aspirants to do the needful latest today.
Some party emissaries have been dispatched to the council areas to plead with some of the aspirants to “honourably” step down, before the primaries on Monday.
Efforts by top party leaders in the state to persuade many of the aspirants to step down for a consensus candidate before now, did not yield dividends.