By Samuel Faleye, Abuja
Members of the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have flooded the national headquarters of the party with series of petitions against the recently concluded governorship primaries.
The members alleged what they termed ‘behind the scene’ moves that rigged the process in favour of the eventual winner, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu.
The primary election held last Saturday in Akure, the Ondo State capital by the committee headed by Jigawa state governor, Mohammed Abubakar was seen to be transparent and devoid of manipulations.
However, protest letters have been sent to the Appeal Committee by the APC Central Senatorial Chairman, Adegboyega Adedipe, that of Ondo East Chairman, Akintunde Samuel and Adeola Ademulegun for Ondo West APC.
According to the petitioners, “A strange delegate list was introduced on the night of the election after everybody has gone to sleep only for us to wake up in the morning of the election to see a massively corrupted delegate list
“Names of 47 percent of the delegates in Ondo East were either deleted or substituted with people who are unknown to the party as exco members; some of the injected names are not even aware of the development and so did come for the primary elections.
“We wrote a petition to the primary Election Committee Chairman on the morning of the election and it reiterated that only people that had been voting in previous primaries would allowed to vote with a promise to stand down the voting process for Ondo East/West local government areas. We were shocked that the committee never honoured the pledge.
“In all ,a total number of 64 names were injected into the delegate list.The names were unknown to the party are ‘asterisked’in the petition.For instance,somebody who never contested any election and some even unknown to the party suddenly became ward chairmen in ward 4,6,2 and 7 of Ondo East local government.
“Our total valid delegates are 135 out of which 64 were disenfranchised, meaning 47 of the delegates on the unlawful list were illicit voters.
“The absence of many legitimate voters paved the way for, “See and Buy” voters that were eventually used to further corrupt the process. Many voters were recruited from the road side including okada riders, bread-sellers, street hawkers and others who were not party members but just loitering around the venue of the primary election”.
The aggrieved APC members maintained that they were not against the beneficiary of the alleged fraud but that of the fraudulent process that produced manipulated result.