Ondo Poll: Akinterinwa, Others Protest As Aiyedatiwa Wins APC Ticket

The Ondo State Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, on Sunday, emerged the winner of the governorship primary of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state held between Saturday and Sunday.

Though as of the time of filing this report, the results of the poll were still being announced by the chairman of the primary election committee and Governor of Kogi State, Mr Usman Ododo, Aiyedatiwa was in clear lead.

As of the time of filing this report, results from 15 out of the 18 local government areas in the state had been announced and Aiyedatiwa won all 15.

According to the chairman of the election committee, Aiyedatiwa scored 42,035 votes from the 15 LGAs so far declared.

As of the time of filing this report at 10:52 pm, the committee had proceeded on a short break.

The PUNCH reported that the 16 APC aspirants competed for a total of 171, 922 votes.

They include senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District, Jimoh Ibrahim;  Olusola Oke SAN,  former President of Nigerian Medical Association, Prof. Francis Faduyile, a mechanical engineer, Dr Funmilayo Waheed-Adekojo and the National Vice Chairman of the APC (South West), Isaac Kekemeke.

As of the time of filing this report at 10:52 pm, the committee had proceeded on a short break.

The PUNCH reported that the 16 APC aspirants competed for a total of 171, 922 votes.

They include senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District, Jimoh Ibrahim;  Olusola Oke SAN,  former President of Nigerian Medical Association, Prof. Francis Faduyile, a mechanical engineer, Dr Funmilayo Waheed-Adekojo and the National Vice Chairman of the APC (South West), Isaac Kekemeke.

Speaking for the protesters, the Director General of Olusola Oke Campaign Organisation, Ondo Central Senatorial District, Mr Adeniran Oyebade, said the people of the state would not allow their mandate to be stolen

Oyebade said, “We are protesting against our mandate that was stolen. It was a daylight robbery, a monumental disaster. The APC delegated some people to Ondo State to conduct the primary, apparently, that was never done. They remained in Akure and started writing results.”

Calling for the disbandment of the Primary Election Committee of the APC in the state, Oyebade said the committee had caused more division in the party in the state.

“Election crime is a serious crime. You cannot come to the wards of our people and start terrorising them against their will. What we want is the cancellation of the election because the election did not take place,” he declared

In the same vein, three aspirants in the election, Mr Wale Akinterinwa, and one of the two female aspirants, Mrs Folakemi Omogoroye, condemned the process of the election on Sunday, demanding the cancellation of the whole exercise.

The Wale Akinterinwa Campaign Organisation’s spokesman, Mr Segun Ajiboye, described the exercise as a show of shame, saying the Ododo-led committee did not do well in the conduct of the shadow poll.

He said, “Without any fear of contradiction, we state here that no election was held in any part of Ondo State on Saturday to elect the candidate of the APC. It is on record with incontrovertible evidence that nothing in the semblance of a primary election was held in all the 203 wards in Ondo State. At best, what can be said to have happened was that the committee chairman, Governor Ododo, arrived in the state at about 8 am on Saturday to write the result of an election that was never conducted.

“Saturday’s election presented our dear party with a rare opportunity to endear itself to the people of the state. All that was needed was for us to organise an election that would be hailed by all, even the opposition. But we bungled the opportunity with the sham organised by the electoral committee.

“The people have eyes and they can see. But on Saturday, they did not see any part of the state where electoral committee members counted the votes as expected. Rather, what they witnessed was a crowd of our enthusiastic supporters who stood in the sun for several hours waiting for the elusive electoral officers to turn up. But we dashed their hopes and expectations of a robust democratic engagement.”

In the same vein, the Olusola Oke Campaign Organisation, in a statement issued by its spokesman, Mr Ojo Oyewamide, on Sunday, said the primary was a mockery of democracy.

“We insist that what happened in Ondo State yesterday (Saturday ) was a disheartening mockery of democracy. As a result, our party has become a butt of jokes in the hands of the opposition parties and the people of the state.

“We would like to categorically state that the Kogi Governor cannot impose a candidate on our party members, through a shambolic exercise. It is unacceptable to us, “ the statement read.

THE PUNCH

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