Ondo 2020: AAC accuses INEC of substituting nominated candidate

Ondo 2020: AAC accuses INEC of substituting nominated candidate

- The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has been accused of replacing the name of a nominated candidate in Ondo

- The African Action Congress (AAC) alleged that the electoral body substituted the name of its deputy governorship candidate

- INEC has released the name of Samuel Tope Omotosho as the deputy governorship candidate for AAC

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Ahead of the October 10 gubernatorial elections in Ondo state, the African Action Congress (AAC) has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of substituting the name of its deputy governorship candidate.

In a report by The Sun, AAC alleged that the name of the running mate to its governorship candidate, Adekunle Adeleye, was different from the one submitted.

INEC had released the name of one Samuel Tope Omotosho as the deputy governorship candidate for AAC.

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AAC kicked against INEC's position, stating the name of Mrs. Mopelola Evelyn Ibrahim was sent to INEC as the governorship candidate's running mate. The party expressed shock to see that her name was replaced by INEC.

Ondo 2020: AAC accuses INEC of substituting nominated candidate
INEC has been accused of substituting the name of a nominated candidate.
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The governorship candidate while stating that INEC’s action was unexpected, added that the name listed by INEC was not on the party’s register.

Adeleye said he was surprised to see Omotosho's name as his running mate, but he thinks it was a human error.

Alex Adeniyi, the Ondo state chairman of the party on his part alleged that INEC has distorted the list of names for the election.

Adeniyi further said legal steps had been taken to correct the mistake before the August 18 deadline for political parties to correct the names of their candidates.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state hit at the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), a "third-force" political party of his predecessor, Olusegun Mimiko.

Akeredolu described the ZLP as a vehicle without an engine. "They said they are coming with a third force under ZLP, that party is dead on arrival. “It could be best described as a car without an engine. We are waiting for them,” Akeredolu was quoted to have said.

The Ondo state governor accused Mimiko of piling up debts for eight years and abandoning projects.

In other news, Ondo state deputy governor, Alfred Agboola Ajayi, has finally dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following his failure to clinch the party's ticket.

Ajayi resigned from PDP less than fifty days after leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC) in what climaxed the political feud between him and his principal Governor Akeredolu.

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According to emerging reports from Ondo, Ajayi will contest the state guber election on the platform of the ZLP.

The embattled deputy governor has been reportedly cleared by the national executive committee of the ZLP to contest the election.

Speaking through his media aide Allen Sowore, Ajayi assured his followers of victory and urged them to stay focused and committed.

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