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Ondo council poll: Deputy governor’s ally allegedly suffers setback

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Barely 24 hours after the incumbent caretaker chairman of Ese-Odo Local Council, Ojo Omolewa, was declared the winner of the chairmanship primary election of All Progressives Congress (APC), the poll was declared inconclusive.

The Guardian gathered that the decision was taken on Friday evening at a stakeholders’ meeting held at APC State Secretariat, Akure, over controversies that trailed the election.

It was learnt the meeting was attended by the state APC chairman, Ade Adetimehin, vice chairman, secretary, women leader and member, House of Assembly representing Ese-Odo Local Council. Others were: the Deputy Chief of Staff, all Ese-Odo chairmanship contestants and key stakeholders from the council.

Omolewa, who was said to be an ally of Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, polled 199 votes to defeat Mr. Messiah Allen, who scored seven votes, Omolere Ojigi and Richard Omosehin that both came third with five votes each.

The election was adjudged free and credible by the council party chairman, Mr. Samuel Ajayi, and representative of Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODIEC), Mrs. Feyintola Ogunsipe.

Meanwhile, there were initial protests by Igbobini Town people that have Wards IV and V, as they kicked against the imposition of Omolewa like it happened in many councils, resulting in the postponement of the primary elections across the state.

They argued the chairmanship position should be rotated so that they could produce a chairman for the first time in 21 years.

Adetimehin, however, declared that decision on Ese-Odo poll would be taken tomorrow by the party leadership, after consultations. 

He ruled that the purported primary was null and void, as the local council chairman did not have the right to conduct primaries, which could only be conducted by state officials.

The party’s Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Steve Otaloro, confirmed the latest development and assured the party leadership would decide on the election tomorrow.


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