Aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just concluded House of Representatives, Ife Federal Constituency, in Osun state have called on the party’s House of Representatives Appeal Committee, to cancel the primary election held on Friday saying the whole exercise was skewed fraudulently in favour of a particular candidate.
No fewer than five aspirants are agitating for the cancelation of the said primary election.
The aspirants include; Hon Rotimi Makinde, Barr Adeyemi Adetise, Engr Marcus Adedini, Hon Elugbaju Olayera and Prince.(Dr) Samuel Ibiyemi.
A statement signed by the aspirants and made available to journalists on Sunday in Osogbo, the Osun state capital said “We notice that the primary election conducted is an abuse of fairness, equity and justice. The length and breadth of the Federal Constituency is permeated with violence and thugerism ably supervised by the Deputy Chairman of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) State of Osun,Hon Tajudeen Lawal.
“It puts the party in the state on the radar of fairness and sincerity to all participants in that Primary election if going by the conduct of the party’s Deputy Chairman. It is appalling that the whole exercise is skewed fraudulently in favour of a particular candidate.
“We equally questioned the rationale of deploying an already biased party’s local chairmen and ward chairmen to conduct such an important national assignment.
A situation whereby each chairman which were put in position by Hon Tajudeen Lawal, what do we expect from such an exercise? If not fraud, favouritism and injustice.
“To put it straight, no election was whatsoever conducted in the whole of the Federal Constituency. All the election materials were taking to the house of the Deputy Chairman Hon Tajudeen Lawal and Chairman Ife East Local Council Hon Akinwale who filled and assigned figures to candidates as he wished leaving hundreds of loyal party members languishing in the sun at voting centres waiting for an election that never be.
“In other local governments especially Ife South local Government, election materials were hijacked to a party leader’s house at Ilode where he assigned figures to his favourite without taking into consideration interest of the general party members and aspirants who had invested millions of naira to promote the party for the primary election.”
According to them, thugs were used to intimidate party members and chased them out of the voting centres across the Federal Constituency.
“Our prayer is for the House of Representatives primary election conducted on May 27,2022 across the Federal Constituency be cancelled and conduct fresh election.
“Our belief however in your panel to defend justice without fear and favour is sacrosanct,” they said.
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