From Temitope Adedeji in Akure
Trouble may not be over in the All Progressives Congress camp in Ondo State as one of the aspirants who participated in the primary election held on Saturday, Chief Olusola Oke, has rejected the results of the poll.
Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu had emerged the party’s candidate, polling 669 votes, to 635 polled by his main rival in the election, Chief Segun Abraham, the candidate of the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. He defeated all in all 22 other aspirants.
Oke came third with 576 votes. He was formerly PDP National Legal Adviser and the party’s candidate in the 2012 election in the state.
But Oke on Sunday rejected the election results, saying there were sharp practices in the exercise. He condemned the emergence of Akeredolu as the party’s candidate,
Speaking through the Director-General of his campaign, Mr. Bola Fisayo, on Sunday, Oke said the election was not a true reflection of the delegates that participated in the primary on Saturday
Oke alleged that the names of some of the delegates were removed from the delegates’ list while non-delegates were allowed to vote in the election.
He explained that the list of delegates handed over to the aspirants at a meeting with the Presidency was different from the list of delegates brought by the Chairman of the Election Committee and Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar.
He said the delegates’ list was shown to the aspirants at the eleventh hour and there was no adequate time for scrutiny of the list by most of the aspirants.
He alleged further that about 110 names belonging to his camp were removed from both Ondo East and West Local Governments while their names were replaced with non-executive members of the party.
He said: “There was nothing we could do at that particular time. I can confirm to you that 80 per cent of those that cast their votes for Abraham came from Oke’s camp.
“The election did not represent the true position of the delegates, the accreditation gave room for manipulation and the whole process was laced with fraud and the result released did not represent the true reflection of the delegates as non-delegates were allowed to participate in the election.”
Meanwhile, the party has an Election Appeal Committee to look into complaints arising from the election.