Ondo APC guber primary is a sham, says Olusola Oke campaign office

Akinade Feyisayo
Akinade Feyisayo
Olusola Oke

The campaign organisation of Olusola Oke has described the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State as a “sham.”

On Saturday, the APC conducted its governorship primary election to select its flagbearer for the November 16 election in Ondo State.

Oke is one of the top contenders in the primary election.

Usman Ododo, governor of Kogi, is the chairman of the seven-member committee overseeing the Ondo APC governorship primary.

In a statement, Ojo Oyewamide, spokesperson of the Olusola Oke campaign organisation, claimed that the primary election did not take place.

Oyewamide alleged that the election officers were known supporters of a particular aspirant.

He added that many of the APC members who came out for the “shadow” election “queued in the sun till 3pm to vote without any election materials in sight.”.

“The truth is that no primary election was conducted. What happened in all 203 wards in Ondo State can be described as a sham. It defies all descriptions of decency and democratic conduct,” the statement reads.

“It is our observation that members of 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.

“The primary election materials were not distributed to the 203 wards across the state, as expected and assured by the election 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 3:00 pm, 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.”

The campaign office alleged that many supporters of other aspirants were chased away from designated voting centres by political thugs.

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