Jimoh Ibrahim, 1 other join 3 APC aspirants to petition APC over Ondo primary

Adebisi Aikulola
Adebisi Aikulola
Jimoh Ibrahim

Senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District, Jimoh Ibrahim and Engr. Folakemi Omogoroye, both of whom lost in the weekend’s Ondo State governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have joined three others to petition the national secretariat of the party over the outcome of the election.

Recall that the trio of former Finance Commissioner, Wale Akinterinwa, a serving House of Representatives member, Hon. Jimi Odimayo and Barrister Gbenga Edema, had on

Monday petitioned the party over the outcome of the exercise.

The aspirants kicked against the process of the exercise, noting that the whole process was marred with irregularities and fell short of appreciable standards.

They described the process as an anticlimax, a mockery of democracy, and a complete negation of every known democratic tenet.

Omogoroye called for the cancellation of the election and urged the appeal committee to order a fresh election, while insisting that the whole process was compromised.

Her words: “I am urging you to cancel the election and order a fresh election in which all the laid down guidelines for a credible election will be followed and a level-playing ground will be assured and ensured for all players in the election. Anything short of this is an open endorsement of the robbery of Saturday by the leadership of our party.”

Senator Ibrahim on his part, hinged his appeal for cancellation of the election on four grounds, including non-compliance with the rules, non-provision of electoral materials, non-accreditation of agents and gross misconduct.

“This is an appeal to your committee to cancel the Primary election held in Ondo state on April 20, 2024, on the ground that there was no election in the 203 wards, and this is evidenced from the many petitions before your committee as captured on the grounds below.

“Ground One, non-compliance with your rules, I paid the sum of N100m for the validation of over 40 thousand party members and those members were not allowed to be revalidated across Ondo State, this was because no voters register was made available in the wards to which members could be validated

“On ground two, no provision of electoral materials was provided for the conduct of the election, the local government electoral officials were kept in the hotel during the period of the election for several hours and only result sheets were given to them. The ward electoral officers were provided by one of the aspirants, Lucky Ayedatiwa.

“Ground three is the non-accreditation of agents. My agents were not accredited in all the wards, and they did not sign the election result sheet since none was made available to them.

“The fourth ground is on gross misconduct. I received in my house in the village, Igbotako at 7 pm on the day of election the local government returning officer and members of his committee. They informed me that they were in my house to capture my vote but I sent them away since my house is not a polling venue. The returning officer said he was instructed from above.

“Based on the four grounds stated above, the election should be cancelled and re-conducted immediately,” Senator Ibrahim said.

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