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Three of the aspirants who contested and lost the Kogi West Senatorial district primary have asked the National Working Committee of the party to declare null and void the outcome of the primary which produced former NUJ President, Smart Adeyemi as the party candidate.
They alleged that the primary was not conducted in accordance with the constitution and the guidelines set by the party, adding that the entire process was manipulated by agents of the state government whose continued stay in office was tied to the outcome of the exercise.
In a joint petition signed by the the three aspirants namely Dr. Williams Akanle, a retired Director of the Department of State Services, Chief Mrs Doyin Ibikunle and Alhaji Tajudeen Bismillah, they asked the party to follow the part of honour and save the current democracy from collapse.
They said it was unfortunate that the APC has become a.home to those they describe as despots who proclaim decorum and integrity while in reality they are despicable, alleging that what was done in n the Senatorial zone was mere vote allocation that “was perfected during the five hours window between the actual time the committee arrived Kabba and the time the committee surfaced to conduct the primary.
According to them, the ideals of the APC are based on equity and integrity which all true members of the party ought to uphold, saying “we seek the intervention of the National leadership of our great party on this issue”.
They want the national secretariat to order a fresh primary and disband the panel sent to conduct the exercise in the state, while also banning the the state government from and its officials from actively getting involved in the conduct.
They said the primary was supervised by official of the state government led by the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Prince Matthew Kolawole, stressing that they actually came with the mindset of throwing up a candidate anointed by the state government.
Credit: The Nation
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