BREAKING: Protest Rocks APC Election in Ondo, Details Emerge

BREAKING: Protest Rocks APC Election in Ondo, Details Emerge

  • Ifeoluwa Ehindero has emerged as the candidate of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) for Akoko Northeast and Northwest federal constituency bye-election
  • Ifeoluwa, the son of a former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Sunday Ehindero, was announced as the flagbearer of the APC at the party’s primary
  • However, some aspirants eyeing the seat protested the outcome of the election over alleged doctored delegates’ list

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FCT, Abuja - Eight All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirants eyeing to occupy the Akoko NorthEast/NorthWest federal constituency seat in the house of representatives have protested the outcome of the party primary over the allegation of doctored delegates’ list.

As reported by The Nation on Sunday, January 7, the seat became vacant after Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo was appointed minister of interior by President Bola Tinubu.

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Commotion at APC primary election in Ondo. Photo credit: @ImamShams
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Some of the aspirants who contested the primary were Olugbenga Araoyinbo, Olarewaju Kazeem, Lasisi Olanipekun, Haruna Adesina, Charles Babalola, and Ehindero.

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There was a heavy security presence at Victory College, Ikare-Akoko venue of the APC primary election.

Some of the protesting aspirants said the delegates were surprised to discover that the displayed list was filled with strange names contrary to the collated names from the ward levels.

One of the aspirants and former majority leader in the Ondo state house of assembly, Olugbenga Araoyinbo, raised the alarm on the development and called on the party leadership to ensure the injustice perpetrated did not hold.

Araoyinbo said the electoral guidelines did not allow an individual to singlehandedly compile and submit delegates list.

However, the chairman of the APC election committee, Alhaji Abubakar Nasir, said he was working in consonance with the party’s highlighted guidelines.

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Despite the protests and agitation, Nasir declared Ife Ehindero as the winner of the primary after polling 105 votes. The victor is the son of the erstwhile Inspector-General of Police, Sunday Ehindero.

APC, Alia clash over party’s primary election

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the APC attacked Governor Hyacinth Alia for suspending the party’s primary election for the February 4 bye-election in Benue state.

The bye-election was to fill a vacancy for the seat of Guma 1 state constituency following the appointment of Yamar Ortese as the commissioner for health and human services.

APC confirms reps candidate in Surulere

Legit.ng also reported that Fuad Laguda, a prominent member of the APC, secured the candidacy for the upcoming house of representatives by-election in Surulere constituency 1, Lagos state.

The by-election was to fill the vacancy left by the former speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who assumed the role of chief of staff (CoS) to President Bola Tinubu.

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INEC gets deadline to conduct by-elections in Rivers

Meanwhile, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to organise bye-elections for the 27 vacant constituencies in the Rivers State House of Assembly.

This demand comes in response to the defection of 27 lawmakers from the People's Democracy Party (PDP) to the APC.

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.

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