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Ekiti APC Reps’ aspirants allege ballot-snatching

By Ayodele Afolabi, Ado Ekiti
30 May 2022   |   3:45 am
Two aggrieved aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), including the member representing Ekiti Central Federal Constituency II in the House of Representatives, Mrs. Wumi Ogunlola and Mr. Dele Philip, have urged a rerun of the primary election, which they alleged was inconclusive due to snatching of ballot box.

Urge rerun of election
Two aggrieved aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), including the member representing Ekiti Central Federal Constituency II in the House of Representatives, Mrs. Wumi Ogunlola and Mr. Dele Philip, have urged a rerun of the primary election, which they alleged was inconclusive due to snatching of ballot box.

Ogunlola and Philip, who made the call at a separate press conference in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, alleged that the agent of one of the aspirants started tearing the ballot papers midway into the ‘shadow’ poll.

According to them, those in the hall, including the committee sent to conduct the polls, scampered for safety due to ensuing melee after the disruption of the process.

They wondered how a winner could have been declared in an election that was ongoing, warning of the consequence of imposition of aspirant when a governorship election was around the corner.

Ogunlola said: “We are still within the time-frame allowed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Let the electoral committee come back to conduct a free and transparent primary.

“Let me warn that there will be consequences for what they are doing because people know who they want. There are things you don’t do when a governorship election is around the corner.

“They want to trade my mandate for compromise. Their preferred candidate wanted to be governor, they didn’t give him. He wanted to contest for Senate, they refused him. They are now trading my mandate because of my gender or because they felt I am nobody. But it is not over until it is over.”

In his remarks, Philip said: “What I am asking for is a rerun primary that is free, fair and transparent. President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that ballot snatchers should be shot, but nothing is heard about the perpetrators.

“We are expecting an official statement from the committee or the leadership of the party on when the re-run primary election will take place.

“It is surprising that despite the disruption of the process, the party organs in Ekiti and the electoral committee from Abuja are yet to transmit the date for a re-run.”