- APC House of Representatives aspirant, Rotimi Rahmon, has accused the party of robbing him of his victory
- Rahmon said he won the primary election but his name was substituted for another member of the party
- He accused the party's national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, of ordering the substitution
Rotimi Rahmon, an aspirant who contested to represent the Ado-Odo/Ota federal constituency on the platform the All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the party of substituting his name with another person's name in the list sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Rahmon, claimed that he won the primary election held on October 7, 2018 but his name was removed and replaced with a party member who did not participate in the election.
The aggrieved APC chieftain, who spoke with the press on Wednesday, November 7, said he would have cried out sooner but he had faith that the party leadership would fix the issue.
Rahmon said: "The representatives of the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Colonel Ciroma A.A, and assisted by Alexander B. as the secretary, declared me as the winner of the primary election with a total score of 16,410 votes representing 80.17percent of the total votes cast.
"Surprisingly, the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole refuse to forward my name as the winner of the direct primary election to INEC, rather, he forwarded the name of one, Jimoh Olusola Ojugbele to INEC as the candidate, the same man who contested on the same date for a seat in the senate alongside chief Tolu Odebiyi, who won the contest, and Ojugbele lost.
"The question I am putting to Comrade Oshiomhole is this: did Jimoh Ojugbele contest for a seat in the senate and a seat in the House of Representatives on the same date, 7th October, 2018? It is absurd for a person who did not obtain nomination form for the House of Representatives, to have his name submitted to INEC, as candidate.
"It is obvious that Comrade Oshiomhole has been playing on our intelligence from the outset. His actions have shown us that he already had a script that he is now acting because if this wasn’t so, why didthe party ask each prospective candidate to pay a whopping sum of N3, 850,000 for the nomination and expression of interest forms?
"I did not want to say anything before now because I have been waiting to see if the party would rescind its decision and do the right thing.
"However, what infuriated me was the interview Comrade Oshiomhole granted the press on Wednesday 31st October, 2018 as he was coming out of the presidential villa, which was aired on several TV stations, where he said that he had been fair to all and he has been acting according to his conscience but some governors have misconstrued his good intentions.
"This amuses me. Where is his conscience and fair play in the case of Ado-Odo/ Ota Federal constituency primary election? He even said that it is only in Nigeria that nine people will contest for an election and one person will be declared the winner and the other eight contestants will be crying foul.
"I put it to our Comrade Chairman that it is only in Nigeria under his watch that a winner will emerge in a fair and just election and the person who did not even contest at all will be declared as the winner. Can he see the contradiction in his own words and actions? Of course, this will never happen in a saner clime. If this is done in a developed democracy, it wouldn’t have been funny. By now, the perpetrators would have landed themselves in trouble waters."
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Ogun state chapter of the All progressives Congress (APC) urged President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the party’s national chairman Adams Oshiomhole over what it described as an alleged plan to impose a particular candidate ahead of the state’s governorship primary.
The secretary to the state government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, during a live broadcast accused the national headquarters of APC of acting out a script all in its determination forcefully to impose a candidate in the Ogun chapter.
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