By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The All Progressives Congress (APC) faction in Osun State, The Osun Progressives (TOP), has condemned the conduct of the primary election of the party describing it as a sham with a fraudulent process to favour Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.
Publicity Secretary of the faction, Abiodun Agboola in a statement made available to journalists in Osogbo said sizeable number of members who wanted to vote for Alhaji Moshood Adeoti were missing in the list.
“It is necessary and important to inform the general public and Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq-led Osun APC Primary Election Committee of the ongoing irregularities in the conduct of the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun.
“Verified information from the agents of Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, our governorship aspirant, has it that there is no record and result sheets in any of the 332 wards of the state.
“Also, there were no proper accreditation in majority of the ward collation centres where voting was taken place. The accreditation done in some places were skewed in favour of Governor Gboyega Oyetola as members of the group were allowed to pass through accreditation process without much ado.
“Names of sizeable number of members of the APC who wanted to vote for Adeoti were missing in the register of the party. This we had envisaged by calling for the display of party register before the conduct of the primary.
“We also need to inform the general public that appointees of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola were used as Collation Officers, which made the rigging plan of Oyetola an easy task. This we strongly condemned yesterday at the stakeholders meeting with the Primary Committee.
“Loyalists and supporters of Adeoti are being chased and some were brutally attacked in wards where they have strong presence. Oriade, Olorunda and Osogbo, Odo-Otin, Boripe and Ile-Ife are the worst of this act of intimidation and disenfranchisement.
“Where results of election were announced (not recorded), the figure declared for Oyetola was highly inflated in the affected wards. INEC officials were noticeably absent in most of the wards to monitor the election,” the statement said.
Agboola described the primary exercise as unacceptable saying “it is a shame that a sitting governor could result to malpractices in his desperate bid to secure a second term ticket.”