Ondo APC Primaries: group petitions Oshiomhole over plan to doctor register

A group rooting for the re-election of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, (lbi Giga Ambassadors) has petitioned the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Adams Oshiomhole over illegal registration of party members in Ondo state.


The group, at a news conference in Akure, said “some desperate aspirants within the party have embarked on the process of sabotaging the genuine efforts of the National leadership of our Party to conduct a primary election.


The group added that “the desperate aspirants and their collaborators in an attempt to have their way, if the National leadership of the Party adopts Direct Primary as the mode of electing the Party’s Candidate in the forthcoming scheduled Primary Election of our Party in Ondo State on 20th July, 2020 have gone to the state of Osun and collated Party Membership Slips.


The membership slips which are  in thousands, the group said, have been injected with fictitious names.


The slips, it noted, have also been concocted into party membership register which they intend to use in Ondo State towns bordering Osun state as these towns are mostly populated by Osun indigenes living here in Ondo state .

The Secretary of the group, Detunji Adeniyi who disclosed this at a news conference, said the aspirants have perfected plans to ‘smuggle’ into Ondo State, people from Osun who would appear as eligible Voters in “their various polling Units’ on the day of the Primary Election, should the Primary Election be Direct mode. 


He said, “there is the need to urgently stop the nefarious activities of some desperate Aspirants within our party who have embarked on the process of sabotaging the genuine efforts of the National leadership of our Party to conduct a Primary Election where every of our members would be convinced that the candidate who eventually emerges is through free, fair and transparent process which to us, would make the Governorship Election on October, 2020 a less cumbersome task. 


“The said desperate aspirants and their collaborators in an attempt to have their way, if the National leadership of the Party adopts Direct Primary mode of electing the Party Candidate in the forthcoming scheduled Primary Election of our Party in Ondo State on 20th July, 2020 have gone to the state of Osun and collated Party Membership Slips which are in thousands.


“He added that they have been been injecting these fictitious names on these Slips into a concocted Party membership Register which they intend to use in Ondo State towns bordering Osun state as these towns are mostly populated by Osun indigenes living here in Ondo state and doing their legitimate businesses for several years now. 


“According to our source, the Aspirants have perfected plans to ‘smuggle’ into Ondo State, people from Osun State who would appear as eligible Voters in “their various polling Units’ on the day of the Primary Election if the Primary Election is Direct mode. 


“The other Aspirant has also gone as far as to Lagos state to collate thousands of Party Membership Slips to be used by his supposed supporters thereby designing a new Party Membership Registration Forms which have been distributed secretly across the various Wards in Ondo State.



“We are concerned that this unscrupulous action, if not quickly addressed, portends grave dangers to the fortunes of our great party as we prepare for the Party Primaries in July 2020 and the gubernatorial elections in October 2020. 


” We want to put on record that the party membership registration that was done in 2014 formed the existing APC Party Register in Ondo State and it is the only known party membership register that is in existence in Ondo State as at today. 


“The National Party Secretariat is yet to give a directive for the update of Party Membership Registration in Ondo State. 
“Thus any illegal injection of names as is currently being done by some desperate elements is inimical to the good image of our party and will no doubt create avoidable and unnecessary crisis in our dear State.


” It is pertinent to emphasise here that our alarm is not borne out of cowardice, but to guide jealously and safeguard the peace and tranquility that is prevalent in our Party in particular and generally in Ondo State at the moment because Ondo State people are very sophisticated and enlightened and would not condone any attempt by anyone who would for selfish reason, overtly or covertly overreach a process thereby putting the innocent indigenes of the state into a sorry state. 


“On our own part, we want to put on record that we are mobilising for the re-election of the incumbent Governor whether the mode of the primary election is direct or indirect.


 “However, we are compelled to raise this alarm as we crave for a level playing field as we go into the primary election. We are concerned that if we allow some desperate Aspirants and their cohorts to tinker with the Party Register, it will tell on the integrity of the selection process and may spark unnecessary reactions that will affect the peace that we currently enjoy in Ondo State”, the statement read.