Ogun State Chapter of the African Democratic Party (ADC) has joined its counterpart APC and PDP in crisis as a candidate in the party, Aremu Ajikiolu, has cried out over an alleged plan to snatch his House of Assembly ticket by the party leadership in the state for unpopular aspirants that failed to win party primary.
Chief Aremu Ajikiolu stated this while fielding questions with WESTERN POST Correspondent on Tuesday in Abeokuta. He claimed that he had been duly elected as the party’s candidate for Abeokuta South State Constituency II, in the state legislative primary conducted on 3rd October, 2018.
While showing the score sheets of the party, he said he scored the highest votes of 1,332, defeating two others, Olufemi Sokeye and Olaide Aro, who polled 54 and 832 votes respectively.
Speaking further, Ajikiolu explained that the party’s secretary had given him the INEC nomination form to fill but some party leaders in his constituency trickly retrieved it (the form) from him on Tuesday.
He explained that “Some party leaders in Abeokuta South, including Mrs. Titi Oseni-Gomez, and Lai Karounwi, asked me to sacrifice my mandate for peace to reign.
He said they told him that the second runner-up in the legislative primary in Abeokuta South Constituency 2 had petitioned the party over the primary.
“I am appealing to the leadership of the ADC in the state and National to do the right thing in the interest of the party and that they should not allow this mandate to be stolen by unpopular aspirants because of any petition.”
Meanwhile, the state’s party spokesman, Mr. Abiola Odutola, in a swift reaction to Ajikiolu’s claims, said the party had set up an appeal committee over complaints arising from the legislative primary election.
He said there were issues in some areas concerning the legislative primary and Abeokuta South Constituency 2 was among them.
He explained that a petition was written against him (Ajikiolu) and some other people in the constituency.
Odutola said the panel was still looking into the petition, adding that a winner is yet to be declared in that constituency.
Ajikiolu, however, claimed he was yet to be invited by the appeal committee over the matter.