The All Progressives Congress is currently holding its rescheduled governorship primary at the Damlek Event Centre, Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, amid tight security.
Chairman of the electoral committee for the primary, Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, had promised that there would be tight security at the venue to prevent a recurrence of the violence that marred the primary on Saturday last week.
Governor Al-Makura had been forced to cancel the initial primary last week after suspected thugs disrupted the keenly contested exercise, destroying ballot boxes and electoral materials.
As of last Saturday, 33 people were in the race for the governorship ticket of the APC as the party looks to seize power in the state, four years after Governor Ayodele Fayose swept to power under the Peoples Democratic Party.
The inability of the APC to hold the primary as scheduled last week had exposed the party to criticism with Governor Fayose and the PDP accusing the party of incompetence.
Governor Al-Makura and some members of the APC including one of the aspirants, Mr Kayode Fayemi, a former governor of the state, condemned the violence.
Fayemi who is also the Minister of Mines and Steel Development blamed the violence on desperation by some aspirants.
Following the cancellation of the primary, and consultations by APC leaders and the aspirants, the party fixed Friday, May 11 for the primary.
On Thursday, the party shifted the primary by a day to Saturday after further consultations between the APC National Working Committee (NWC), aspirants and other stakeholders, its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, said in a statement.
Also on Thursday, one of the aspirants Senator Babafemi Ojudu, withdrew from the race.
Senator Ojudu, the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on political matters, explained that he took the decision for the sake of peace in the state chapter of the APC.
He, however, declined to announce his support for any of the remaining 32 aspirants.
Instead, he called on his supporters to remain calm in the interest of peace and be assured of brighter days ahead.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party and the Social Democratic Party have both held their governorship primary and picked candidates for the election.
Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Mr Kolapo Olusola, who was endorsed by Governor Fayose as his successor, won the PDP Primary, while Mr Yemi Aiyegbusi picked the SDP governorship ticket.