Some State and National assemblies aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State have jointly called for the cancellation of the House of Assembly and National Assembly primary elections of the party, describing it as a sham.
The aspirants, who include ten House of Assembly and two House of Representatives aspirants, accused Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of impunity and total disregard to democratic principles on the conduct of the primaries.
New Telegraph reports that the aggrieved aspirants are the members of the APC caucus known as The Osun Progressives (TOP). Members of The Osun Progressives are the core loyalists of the former Governor of the state and current Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
According to the aspirants, the direct primaries was conducted without any election material or party document like membership register, result sheets, among others.
The aspirants are: Hon. Waseeu Gbola Adebayo (Olorunda State Constituency) Mr Owoade Ademola Adeyemi (Irewole/Isokan State Constituency), Mr Wahab Kazeem Olanrewaju (Ifelodun State Constituency), Mr Babalola Iqmal Opeyemi (Ede South State Constituency) and Mr. Kolawole Olalere Victor (Ilesa East State Constituency
Others are: Mrs. Adesola Arawole Adegbite (Odo-Otin State Constituency), Mr. Olaoye Abdulhakeem (Osogbo State Constituency), Mrs. Olaniyi Shariat Olanike (Ayedaade State Constituency), Mr Kasali Nurudeen Adelaja (Iwo State Constituency), Mr Opadola Abdullahi Amobi (Olaoluwa State Constituency), Hon. (Dr) Mr. Komolafe Akinlabi Richard (Ijesha-South Federal Constituency) and Mr Ibrahim Oyekunle (Ayedaade/Irewole/Isokan Federal Constituency).
Addressing a press conference on Monday, the aspirants said results of the primaries were not announced at the various ward and local government collation centres by the factional APC Ward Chairmen who were appointed as Collation Officers by Oyetola.
They claimed the result sheet of each of the State and Federal constituencies were kept in the Government House where the ‘Governor’s people’ were allocating figures to their preferred aspirants.
According to the aspirants, the failure of the party leadership to declare winner of the State House of Assembly and Federal House of Representatives primaries in each constituency was as a result of the fraud and manipulation of the results as directed by the Governor.
Reading the text of the press conference, Hon Adeboye, a two-term state lawmaker, said: “On behalf of other aspirants to the State House of Assembly and National Assembly positions, we wish to bring to the fore, indeed the attention of the whole world, the charade and sham that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and his ilk called primary elections in the state.
“An autocratic and dictatorial regime couldn’t do worse in dragging democracy on the floor than what Governor Oyetola and his collaborators have done on the House of Assembly and National Assembly primaries of our party. The late dark goggle general didn’t bring as much odium to democracy as Governor Oyetola.
“Our people were at the various collation centres and nothing was happening until around 5pm when some factional Ward Chairmen from the Governor’s camp surfaced, claiming to be the Presiding Officer for the primary election. These chairmen did not come to the collation centres with any electoral materials like APC membership register, results sheets, e.t.c. They just asked the party members to raise up their membership cards, queue and without any proper accreditation, did the counting, wrote the results on a PIECE OF PAPER and left.
“Even with such fraudulent and reprehensible conduct, our supporters were more than those of our opponents and we had the highest number. In some wards, there was no counting of APC members at all.
“There and then, we went to various collation centres for the Local Government where the results for the local government ought to be collated. Nobody showed up at the Local Government Collation Centre till we left there around 8:30, 9pm and 10pm as the case may be.
“The same scenario was repeated for the House of Representatives primary which took place on Friday 27th May, 2022 and up till this moment, there are no official results for both the State House of Assembly and National Assembly primary elections in Osun.
“May we note that with the high level of impunity and manipulations involved in the process and shenanigans engaged to get rid of us, the joke has now turned on Governor Oyetola’s group, as all its aspirants in various constituencies are laying claims to victory and confirming it with concocted figures aimed to suite their fraud.
“It is unheard of, even a shameful experience, that four and three days after the primaries have been held, the Governor and his collaborators in the party are unable to declare winner in the contests.
“Finally, the information at our disposal is that all the results sheets are currently in the custody of Governor Gboyega Oyetola and the results sheets are being filled with the names of the Governor’s cronies who never won the primary elections, hence the need for this conference.
“Therefore, we call on His Excellency, the National Chairman of our party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu to use his good office to correct the current act of impunity and rape of democracy being displayed by Governor Gboyega Oyetola before it is too late.”
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