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2024: APC Group Kicks Against Conduct Of Party’s Congress

Ahead of Saturday’s primary election to elect a candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) for the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State, members of the party under the auspices of Ondo Vanguard For Good Governance have kicked against the conduct of the congress to elect delegates for the primary.

The APC would on Saturday elect a candidate for the November 16 governorship election in the state. However, the APC group described the conduct of the congress as lacklustre by the party’s leadership.

The coordinator of the group, Tade Ojo decried the noncompliance in the implementation of the guidelines of the national secretariat of the party in the conduct of congress elections that would produce the delegates required to ratify the outcome of the primary of the party, billed for 20th April, 2024.

Ojo in a statement described as undemocratic the manner the congress committee handled the exercise.

His words “In the desperation to align with the dreadful conquering desire and propensities of the Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the members of the Committee did not only absent at the venues of the congress across the state, they arbitrarily allocated figures in their hideout, as a summation of the heavy commercialisation of the orchestrated and negatively skewed exercise.

“The committee members across the state employed two different sets of result sheets, one by the local government congress committee and another by the State Congress Committee. The parlous execution of this sensitive and sacrosanct exercise further manifested in the refusal to appoint or use designated Ward election officers, among others.

“It was particularly disheartening that members of the party that bought the expression of intent forms to contest as delegates were disregarded and left forlorn, just because of the unbridled political cannibalisation of some APC members and leaders, who felt they were establishing the foundation to rig the primary election of the APC, coming up on Saturday. These manipulators must know and note that we shall not rest on our own in the preservation of our common good.

“It is pertinent that the leadership of the APC in Ondo State and national, particularly President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, call these merchants to order before they plunge the party and the state into an avoidable crisis. In the coming days, we shall continue to engage with the public on how things stand in the APC in the State, as the project of a better Ondo State is beyond the fulfilment of individual ambitions.”

However, the spokesman of the Lucky Aiyedatiwa campaign organisation, Mr Kayode Fasua said the agitators were crying wolf where there is none.

Fasua said “The process for the conduct of the primary election in the State was lain bare by the party. If there are areas needing clarification, they should approach the party. As for us, we are, in good conscience, prepared for the primary election.”

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