‘Daylight robbery’— Ondo APC guber hopefuls reject primary poll

Violence was reported in some parts of Ondo state where the governing All Progressives Congress held their primary election to decide the flagbearer for the November 16, Ondo State Governorship election.

It was gathered that Violence broke out at Ward 1 at Stella Maris College, Okitipupa, between rival supporters of two aspirants while sporadic gunshots could be heard in clips circulating online.

Several persons also claimed there was no election in their wards.

Earlier, some of the aspirants passed a vote of no confidence on the primary election being superintended by Gov. Usman Ododo of Kogi State.

Addressing newsmen in Akure, one of the aspirants, Gbenga Edema called for the postponement of the election until “things were put in place”.

“We have been here with others before 7;00 a.m. because the secretary of the committee, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, told us during the stakeholders’ meeting that the materials would be distributed to the electoral officers at the BON Hotel, Akure.

“He told us that the accreditation would start between 10:00:am and 1:00 pm and that voting would commence by 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

“But what we are hearing now is that the election has been concluded and the result announced.

“We asked the chairman, but he had no answer to our questions.

“We are not people that could be manipulated by god fathers. So, we are asking our national leadership that if they are not ready, they should postpone it until the right thing is done,” he said.

Similarly, Mr Sola Ajisafe, who represented former Finance Commissioner and one of the aspirants, Mr Wale Akinterinwa said there was no election held in the state.

“What is playing out here is connivance and agreement by Gov. Ododo to short change the people of the state and reduce our capacity to choose our leader.

“We are saying that they should reschedule another election because this election did not even hold.

In his reaction, Ododo said electoral materials had been distributed to Ondo North and Ondo South Senatorial Districts.

He added that materials had also been delivered at Ondo Central District, promising that all grievances would be looked into.

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