APC Primary: Aggrieved Aspirants lied about rigging accusation – Ekiti  APC

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The  Working Committee of the  All Progressive Congress, APC, in Ekiti State, has  exonerated the committee sent by the national body  of the party to conduct the National Assembly primaries in the state of rigging and brazen display of impunity during the election.

The party urged the aggrieved aspirants to stop misleading the public by  making unsubstantiated allegations of rigging and concoction of figures  against  Dr. Ibrahim Sule-led  Committee  in the primary that produced  Senator  Olubunmi Adetumbi as the Senator for Ekiti North.

Other candidates, whose election were being challenged by  other contenders were; Mr Peter Owolabi and Mr.  Ibrahim Olanrewaju,  House of  Representatives candidates  in Ekiti North Federal constituencies I and II respectively.

The party maintained that those making the allegations were the ones who allegedly   deployed thugs to disrupt the polls but were repelled by security  agencies.

Two Senatorial aspirants; Dr Olusegun Osinkolu and Mr. Kayode Otitoju, as well  as some House of Representatives’; Hon. Bimbo Daramola, Bunmi  Ogunleye and Olufemi Ajayi, had raised damning allegations that no election was held in Ikole, Ido/Osi , and Oye council areas when the  poll was conducted last Friday.

Reacting  to the  statement signed by the party’s Publicity Secretary,    Hon. Ade Ajayi,  in Ado Ekiti on Monday, the party contended  that  credible primaries were held to select  the House of Representatives and  Senatorial candidates,  contrary to the claims of some  aspirants.

Ajayi posited that the direct primary adopted by the party made it impossible  for the committee to concoct figures as alleged, claiming that  the election was conducted  and that every member of the APC participated has ordered by the Com. Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC.

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“We disagreed that  there were no elections in Oye and Ikole local governments.  The election did not only hold, but  were credible and devoid  of rigging , manipulations  , violence and intimidation.

“Those who alleged of rigging were the people that disrupted the elections at Ido/Osi, Oye, Ikole, Moba and Ilejemeje local governments.  They brought thugs to destroy the property of our party including the flag at the party secretariat , they equally carted away election  materials. Similarly, some journalists were beaten and their phones  destroyed.

“With the use of direct mode of election, nobody could concoct election  results because it was what you see, witness and counted verbally  that were recorded.

“These aggrieved aspirants knew that the APC was a party of integrity and discipline that didn’t tolerate impunity and injustice.

“They should stop misleading the public and embrace peace in resolving their  grievances as regards the use of photocopies of result sheets to conduct  elections, rather than resorting to cheap blackmail”, he noted.

The APC spokesman  described concoction of results and manipulation of elections  as  corruption, which the Preident Muhammadu Buhari-led government  is strongly averse to.

Ajayi commended the party faithful for being  steadfastness  during the  primaries, urging them to remain loyal, committed and focused ahead   of 2019, even while holding any grievance  against the party.


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