- Aspirants in Akoko north, east and north west areas of Ondo state have alleged that primaries for state and national assembly was not conducted in he state
-They accused Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of imposition
- Dr Muyiwa Olusa, Comander Tunde Giwa Daramola (rtd), Olutayo Cyril Egunlayi, Mohammed Aliu Yahaya were among aspirants who signed the letter
Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state have written to the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, to protest imposition of state assembly and national assembly candidates by Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
In a letter to Oshiomhole made available to Legit.ng and signed by thirteen APC aspirants, it was alleged that there was no primary in Akoko senatorial district and other parts of the state.
Dr Muyiwa Olusa, Comander Tunde Giwa Daramola (rtd), Olutayo Cyril Egunlayi, Mohammed Aliu Yahaya were among aspirants who signed the letter.
The letter read in full:
"We are members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ondo state. We are also aspirants contesting for both the state constituency and national assembly seats in the 2019 elections.
"Your excellency, you will recall that Ondo state has been in the news for the wrong reason of Congress that was never held anywhere in the state except on the tables of some few government appointees who wrote the names of the current faction of the state executive committee that prides itself the official leaders of the party.
"Mr. chairman, the case is in court still as we write this all-important letter. We are not unaware of the reason you approved the direct mode method of conducting our primary election. We are of sound opinion that you did this to create leverage and pave way for popular candidate to emerge in the event of complaints that the delegates were fraudulently conscripted by the Governor of the state and his agents.
"Our distinguished National Chairman sir, we are aware of so many meetings held by Governor Akeredolu where he pronounced his anointed candidates across the state. Since his undemocratic pronouncement in the state house, it has been a graveyard silence in our party.
"We would have stopped at a point when we discovered the undemocratic traits in Mr. Governor but we were, and still are, persuaded by your democratic credentials that you will listen to the voice of the majority and you actually did Mr. Chairman, we thank you.
"Given our commitment, avowed belief in the ideals of the APC and your insistence on free and fair primary election, we made our intention to seek elective office public and express same in our great party. We did not stop at these, we fulfilled all the laid down procedures premised on the assurance that our party will uphold all known democratic tenets.
"We have always believed that a level playground will be provided for everybody to express his or her ambition. Our belief is hinged on the philosophy of our party and the trajectory of our party to power in Ondo State. Arising from this, we toiled, laboured and spent our hard earned money to mobilize party members and electorates alike believing that all the contestants will be subjected to a duly conducted primary election.
"In the last two weeks, we have been traumatised with conflicting information about the type of primary election that will be adopted by our State. Just as the dust about the approval of direct primary by the national secretariat settles down, the wicked rumours of imposition of candidates by Mr. governor, Arakunrin Akeredolu bathed our political firmament.
"As you are aware, the primary election for all the elective positions was slated for 5th of October, 2018. We regret to inform your esteemed self and the general public that NO primary election was conducted. We equally got to know that it was the same position in other parts of the state.
"However, we were reliably informed that figures were freely allotted to Government preferred candidates. We have always believed in the democratic tenets of our State Governor Arakunrin Akeredolu, who with others in 2015 fought against imposition of candidates.
"Mr chairman, we affirm here that NO primary election took place in our Federal Constituency. No election materials and no single electoral official of the party was seen in any of the 23 wards in our federal constituency.
"This is injustice and attempt to kill the party in Ondo state. We are confident that you will use your good office and position to urgently put things right.
"Our party cannot afford to loose Ondo state to opposition party at this critical period."
Legit.ng had reported that the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) released the list of 24 cleared candidates for the 2019 governorship elections.
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National publicity secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, who released the list in a statement said it was a result of the meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) held on Thursday, October 4.
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