Aggrieved supporters of the All Progressives Congress(APC) for local government chairmanship aspirants in Ondo state particularly in Ileoluji/Okeigbo local government area of Ondo state are unhappy on the outcome of the exercise.
They have protested the alleged manipulation of the primary election in the third tier level.
Consequently, they urged Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to act as a leader and quickly intervene to avert breach of peace across the local government.
A petition sent to the governor by one of the aspirants,Jerome Olorunyolemi noted that in compliance with the party’s directive,he bought nomination form and paid mandatory amount of N250,000 to participate.
According to him,the exercise is expected to be guided by Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission(ODIEC) guidelines with timetable to guarantee transparent primary election.
However,the aspirant lamented that the process was shrouded in secrecy to subvert transparency and inclusive participation of interested aspirants.
He alleged that the chairman of the party in the local government failed to intimate the aspirants,the modalities for the conduct of the primary.
He contended that the development was deliberately designed to allegedly favour a particular aspirant, who sources said is the incumbent caretaker chairman in the local government.
The petition reads” We are aware that a state commissioner from the area on September 13, told some party leaders in the area that the governor had directed that all present local government caretaker chairmen in the state to be returned to office automatically without subjecting them to primaries.
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“If this trend is true,what is the essence of the directive for participation of interested party members in such electoral processes with the outcome already predetermined ?”.
Olorunyolemi noted that the development,if allowed to persist would be a threat to unity of the APC members in Ileoluji/Okeigbo local government.
He urged Akeredolu to intervene by allowing substantial compliance and adherence to democratic norms devoid of open manipulations.
APC’s spokesman,Alex Kalejaye said the party and its leadership valued internal democracy and rule of law.
He stressed that the running of the local government,which is closest to the grassroots populace would be participatory.