- The accreditation for delegates at the PDP Ondo primary was greeted with protests from youth
- The youths alleged that people had thumb printed ballot papers before the primary election
- Recall that the deputy governor Ajayi Agboola was accused of manipulating the delegates list for the election
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The political tempo in Ondo state is rising as the state prepares for another civic duty to elect a new governor in October.
However, the ongoing governorship primary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state was greeted with a protest when accreditation of delegates began.
In a report by The Nation, some PDP youths had earlier protested, alleging that some people were caught with already thumb printed ballot papers before the primary had started. They were also denied entrance into the venue where the primary election is holding.
The youths accused one of the party's governorship aspirants of being the master-mind behind the ballot papers.
A party chieftain who pleaded anonymity, however, explained that the ballot papers were specimen used for training of party personnel.
Also, about 2,111 delegates who are expected to participate in the exercise had a hard time gaining entrance as they had to be properly identified.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state and the chairman of the primary election committee arrived at the venue at about 1:30 pm and assured members that the exercise would be free and fair.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Ondo state police command deployed no fewer than 800 personnel to monitor the PDP governorship primary election in the state.
The police public relations officer in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, disclosed this while speaking with newsmen at the venue of the primary election in Akure on Wednesday, July 22.
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He said police are on ground not just because of the primary but because they are always in the frontline when it comes to security.
He said: “We have mapped out the whole place like we did during the APC governorship primary election on Monday to ensure that there is no problem throughout the election."
In other news, as the plot to impeach the deputy governor of Ondo state, Ajayi Agboola, thickens, it appears he has also not found a comfortable political home in the PDP.
Some chieftains of the PDP want the deputy governor to be disqualified from participating in the governorship primary.
The PDP leaders accused Ajayi of conniving with Kingsley Chinda who served as the secretary of the party's ward congresses electoral committee to manipulate the delegates list for the primary election.
They alleged that over 101 fake delegates were smuggled into the adhoc delegates’ list of the PDP.
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