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Aspirants demand annulment of Akeredolu’s victory, allege use of fake delegates list


Chief Rotimi Akeredolu

Chief Rotimi Akeredolu

Two of the aspirants who contested the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries in Ondo State have demanded the immediate annulment of the victory of Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, in the exercise.

One of the aspirants, Akinwale Akingbade, yesterday filed a petition to the party’s petitions committee alleging the use of fake delegates list and other irregularities. The chairman of the committee, Mrs. Hellen Bendega, who confirmed receipt of the petition, stated that she has received a total of three petitions from aggrieved aspirants who were dissatisfied with the outcome of the primaries election.

The primaries, which was held last Saturday where 24 candidates contested was won by Rotimi Akeredolu with 669 votes to beat the Segun Abraham, the alleged preferred choice of the party leader, Bola Tinubu, who scored 635 votes. Bendega, who said there could be more petitions assured that the committee will discharge its duties objectively.

According to Akingbade, some of those who voted during the exercise were not APC members, thereby denying genuine delegates from participating.He said the party should be held responsible for the distortions on the delegate lists.

“Is that not enough reason for someone to petition the primaries? The question is how did you even get into the venue of the primaries when you are not on the list,” he queried.

Another aspirant who asked not to be named called for cancellation of the election.According to him: “I know people who were not delegates that voted in one of the wards in my local council. Some people have also mentioned names of people from so many wards that were never in the delegates’ list that was given to us.”

In his reaction, the Organising Secretary of the party, Osita Izunaso said: “Nobody can react now. There is an appeal panel and no party official would make statement on the primaries without the panel concluding it’s work. Anything l say now can jeopardise the work of the panel.”

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