Ondo 2016: Kekemeke counters APC Spokesman, say party not privy to allegation against REC

By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State yesterday debunked the report calling on the Police and Directorate of State Security (DSS) to investigate the activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state.
The state Publicity Secretary, of the party,Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya, in a statement last  Wednesday, also expressed the need for the total overhauling of staff in the Commission ahead of the November 26 governorship election in the state.
Adesanya accused the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) Segun Agbaje and the Commission’s Administrative Secretary, Alhaji Kabir Omosanya of compliticity with the faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the State led by one Clement Faboyede.
He alleged that the two top officers of the commission have been having shady deals through unholy alliance with key loyalists of the Governor Olusegun Mimiko to perpetrate fraud ahead of the forthcoming governorship poll.
However,the APC chairman in the state, Isaac Kekemeke said his executives were not privy to the statement.
According to him,“before any statement of such could be made public,or even any policy statement from the party executives,it must be agreed upon and ratified by the party executives.
“But the publicity secretary who issued the statement to the press must have equipped himself with facts of the allegation,which spurred him to unilaterally fired the shot without inputs of the state excos”.
Kekemeke said he received calls from many APC leaders within and outside the state on the sensitive allegation in order to ascertain its veracity,saying“I just told them that Adesanya must have got the proofs of the allegation before issuing the statement.
“Although,the allegation had caused a lot of embarrassment to the party,but as the Party Chairman in the State,I have no pre-knowledge of the allegation,and none of my state executives was aware of it,we did nt discuss it at any of our meetings and as such,we are not a party to the allegation against the REC”
The legal practitioner said the state executive remains committed to the victory of APC in the state on November 26.
Kekemeke urged party members to work to remain calm and mobilise voters for the poll.
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