One of the governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Chief Olusola Oke, has condemned the emergence of Chief Rotimi Akeredolu as the party’s candidate for the governorship election.Akeredolu won the primary of the party held on Saturday, defeating all the 23 other aspirants of the party.
Speaking through the Director-General of his campaign, Mr. Bola Fisayo, on Sunday, Oke said the election was not a true reflection of the delegates that participated in the primary on Saturday
Oke, who was the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2012 governorship election, alleged that the names of some of the delegates were removed from the delegates’ list while non-delegates were allowed to vote in the election.
He explained that the list of delegates handed over to the aspirants at a meeting with the Presidency was different from the list of delegates brought by the Chairman of the Election Committee and Jigawa State Governor, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar.
He said the delegates’ list was shown to the aspirants at the eleventh hour and there was no adequate time for scrutiny of the list by most of the aspirants.
He alleged further that about 110 names belonging to his camp were removed from both Ondo East and West Local Governments while their names were replaced with non-executive members of the party.
He said, “There was nothing we could do at that particular time. I can confirm to you that 80 per cent of those that cast their votes for Abraham came from Oke’s camp.
“The election did not represent the true position of the delegates, the accreditation gave room for manipulation and the whole process was laced with fraud and the result released did not represent the true reflection of the delegates as non-delegates were allowed to participate in the election.”
Culled from PUNCH NEWSPAPER