Dapo Abiodun has hijacked delegates list, Wale Ohu not fit to conduct Ogun primary – Akinlade, Otegbeye reject process
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Dapo Abiodun has hijacked delegates list, Wale Ohu not fit to conduct Ogun primary – Akinlade, Otegbeye reject process

May 26, 2022

Dapo Abiodun has hijacked delegates list, Wale Ohu not fit to conduct Ogun primary – Akinlade, Otegbeye reject process

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Two governorship aspirants on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC in Ogun State, Adekunle Akinlade and Barrister Biyi Otegbeye have alleged the Governor of the State, Dapo Abiodun of hijacking the delegate list meant for the primary election in the State.

Akinlade and Otegbeye further alleged that Abiodun collected all the delegate forms while hedging out other aspirants in the primary election, saying they were not included in the process of delegates selection for the primaries.

They added that few hours before the election, no list of delegates for the primary election was published neither did the Committee meet with them in line with standard procedure.

Five aspirants collected the nomination and expression of interest forms to contest the primaries of the Party.

The two aspirants, in a press statement jointly signed copies of which were made available to journalists also expressed reservations on the delegate list to be used for the exercise.

The duo said copy of the press statement had been sent to the National Chairman of the Party, Abdullahi Adamu.

“The guidelines for the conduct of the congresses in the APC stipulates that aspirant should pay a prescribed fee for Delegates Forms, which we did but no forms were made available to us.

“Furthermore, only one aspirant collected all the delegate forms in the State, thus hedging the entire process in his favour. Your Excellency may wish to note that a few hours before the scheduled primaries, no list of delegates for the primary has been formally published nor did the Primary Election Committee members meet with us in line with standard procedures.

“This has spurred speculations that the list to be used for the exercise is a disputed list of delegates. Our members are aggrieved about it.

“Against this background, we wish to inform your Excellency that we have no confidence in the choice of Chairman of the election panel and have fears and reservations about the list of delegates to be used for the exercise,” the statement read.

They also passed a vote of no confidence on the Chairman of the governorship election primaries, Wale Ohu, recalling that it was the same Wale Ohu who conducted the wards, local government and state congresses of the Party in 2021 in Ogun, adding that the three congresses ended in controversies and deepened the cleavages within the Party in Ogun State.

They also reminded the National Chairman that the outcome of the three congresses conducted by Ohu featured prominently before the National Reconciliation Committee of the APC that was then headed by Adamu.

“It was now surprising that the same Wale Ohu was again appointed to serve as the Chairman of the gubernatorial primary election in Ogun State, It is intriguing that out of the millions of members of the APC nationwide, Mr Ohu is having an exclusive preserve of chairmanship of all congresses in Ogun State.

“Our members who have bitterly complained about the partisan conduct of Mr Wale Ohu in all the congresses he had super-intended in Ogun State are therefore not comfortable with the choice of him as Chairman of all the election panel.

“By his antecedent, we do not believe that he has the capacity to conduct an objective and impartial gubernatorial primary election.”

Both of them however said they will participate in the primary election out of loyalty and respect for the leadership of the parry while placing the concerns on record.

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