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Kwara APC primaries: Drama as members reportedly prevent result announcement

Kwara APC primaries: Drama as members reportedly prevent result announcement

- Some aggrieved members of the APC in Kwara state halt official announcement of results of the party's direct primaries

- They expressed dissatisfaction over the conduct of the primaries held on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 in the state

- The chairman of the committee, Chief Iyiola Oladokun, said he had planned to commence announcement of election results when he was interjected

Drama as members of the All Progressives Congress in Kwara state have reportedly prevented the official announcement of results of state House of Assembly, National Assembly and governorship primaries.

Nigerian Tribune reports that the aggrieved members expressed dissatisfaction over the conduct of the direct primaries held on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6.

Legit.ng gathered that they were accusing the Chief Iyiola Oladokun-led eight-man electoral panel of keeping them in the dark regarding the outcome of the primaries, saying that results were neither officially collated nor released, hours after it was held.

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It was learnt that the minister for information and culture and APC leader in the state, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, was around to coordinate the election before reportedly returning to Abuja.

The chairman of the committee, Chief Iyiola Oladokun, with other members, planned to commence announcement of election results at the Savannah Hotel, Ilorin when an agent to one of the governorship aspirants interjected him seeking to know if he actually meant collation of results or announcement.

Oladokun lamented that the committee members had operated under a very tight schedule conducting two important primaries in just two days, noting that if the required procedures and the process was to be followed strictly, the party would not be able to meet up with the INEC deadline for the submission of the names of candidates.

Oladokun, who asked for the cooperation of all to achieve success at the poll, however, failed to pacify the aggrieved agents of the aspirants, while the programme ended abruptly.

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The committee members were consequently ‘detained’ in the hotel as the supporters kept vigil and refused to allow movement in and out of the premises.

The state commissioner of police, Bolaji Fafowora, arrived the hotel at about 2.20 am and asked the party excos, committee members and the supporters of the aspirants to move to his office for a peace meeting, which reportedly lasted till about 5:00 am on Monday, October 8.

It was learnt that the committee members and agents left police headquarters at about 5:00 am, while a source said that they had all been asked to go to Abuja where the results are expected to be announced.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported a former spokesperson of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has described his loss at the Kwara Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primary election as disappointing.

Abdullahi, however, insisted that he was not betrayed by his political godfather, Senator Bukola Saraki as being reported in some quarters.

He said he accepted the outcome of the primary election as the will of Allah an that his sacrifices were not dependent on expectations of a reward but were done out of personal principles.

He said: “Following the reactions that have trailed the Governorship Primaries of our party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state, it has become imperative for me to make the following clarifications.“

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a former spokesperson of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, described his loss at the Kwara PDP primary election as disappointing.

Abdullahi, however, insisted that he was not betrayed by his political godfather, Senator Bukola Saraki as being reported in some quarters.

He said he accepted the outcome of the primary election as the will of Allah an that his sacrifices were not dependent on expectations of a reward but were done out of personal principles.

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Source: Legit.ng

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