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Ondo APC Gov’ship Primary Election Is A Sham, Says Oke



A governorship aspirant in the ongoing primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo
State, Chief Olusola Oke (SAN), has described the exercise as a ‘sham’.

In a statement issued by his Campaign Organisation’s spokesman, Ojo Oyewamide, he said no primary election was conducted in all the 203 Wards of the state.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria noted that, “the ongoing primary election can be described as a sham. It defies all descriptions of decency and democratic conduct.”

According to him, “The Ododo-led primary election committee, constituted to conduct the nomination exercise, merely simulated active functionality by taking a late “stroll” out of their hotel rooms, where they were dining and winning.”


He further stated that the primary election materials were not distributed to the 203 Wards across the State, as expected and as assured by the APC Electoral Committee.

“Members of APC, who are eligible to vote for their preferred aspirants, did not have the opportunity to do so. Many of them queued in the sun till 3:00pm, waiting for the conduct of the shadow poll.

“At another instance, regrettably enough, the election officers that were to conduct the exercise in the wards are known supporters of one of the aspirants. These people were kept in one hotel where they were to perpetrate all sorts of evil, to compromise the process of choosing the candidate of our party.

“Virtually all the guidelines put in place to ensure the integrity and smooth conduct of the nomination exercise, reinforced by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who stood in for HE Usman Ododo at the stakeholders’ engagement held on Friday 19th April, 2024, were violated by the election committee.

“In a return to the dark days of thuggery in Ondo State, our supporters, and supporters of other aspirants, were beaten, intimidated and chased away from most of the designated voting centres by known political thugs and secret cult members hired by one of the aspirants. This level of violence has turned hospitals to the abode of our supporters and other members of our party.


“We like to state, very categorically, that no primary election was conducted by the APC in Ondo state today, Saturday, 20, 2024. Rather, what happened was shameful, and it constituted a serious dent on the image of our dear party.

“We expected that a decent nomination exercise, characterised by peace, freedom of our members to make their choices and fairness, would be conducted. We waited patiently for it, however, what we got was heart-rendering.

“We, therefore, appeal to all our supporters across the eighteen local government areas of the state to remain peaceful and calm as we wait further briefing from our members across the state and our principal,” he stated.

Source link: Leadership

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