By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
A factional Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Henry Olatuja, yesterday warned that the decision by the party to adopt indirect method of primary election for the Ondo governorship election, as against the popular clamour for direct method by 11 out of the 12 aspirants, was a recipe for post-primary election crisis.
Speaking in Akure, the Ondo state capital, Olatuja lamented that less than 24 hours to the governorship primaries of the party in the State, aspirants have not been briefed on the venue to be used for the exercise.
He alleged that 11 out of the 12 aspirants were yet to have access to the delegates’ list meant for today’s exercise.
While emphasizing that the party is factionalized in the state, Olatuja also alleged that the delegates’ list must have been altered to favour the incumbent governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
He, however, said that the 11 aspirants on his side will not boycott the election.
He said “As at the moment, we have not heard any information on how the exercise will go. The venue has not been agreed upon. The list of delegates that will participate in the primaries has not been made available to the aspirants.
“The question is which list of delegates will they use for the primaries and who generated the list. We have our own list across the state as well as the list of executives that emanated from congress. With two factions of the party in the state, which of the executives is authentic.”
While stating that the Ade Adetimehin-led executives of the party in the state is illegal, Olatuja alleged that Adetimehin is projecting the governor as the sole candidate.
He also alleged that the Governor of Kogi State, Yaya Bello who will superintend over the primaries have been told to return the incumbent at all cost, hence the reason why the delegates’ list was yet to be released.
He said “The last primary we did here in 2016, the then Chairman, Chief John Oyegun was a terrible chairman like what is happening now. He released three sets of delegates’ lists within five days. He did different alterations and manipulations of the lists. Even if you want to manipulate a list, give it to aspirants and let us have fair opportunities at the primaries.”