2019: Reverse imposition or lose Ekiti – Aspirant warns APC

All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial aspirant in Ekiti State,
Dr. Olusegun Osinkolu, has again warned that the party risks losing
Ekiti State to the opposition during the 2019 election, if it failed
to address alleged infractions that dogged the just-concluded
primaries in the State.

Osinkolu, a senatorial aspirant in Ekiti North district, urged the
Prof. Osarhiemen Osunbor-led APC Appeal Primary panel to be
painstaking in its duty and attend to all petitions sent by the
aggrieved aspirants to prevent disunity ahead of the poll.

Specifically, Osinkolu urged the panel to reverse the primary that
produced Senator Olubunmi Adetumbi as the APC senatorial candidate in
Ekiti North, describing the candidate's victory as a product of fraud
and that such may jeopardize the chances of the party unless justice
prevailed in the matter.

Speaking with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday, Osinkolu insisted that
the Dr. Ibrahim Sule-led National Working Committee on Ekiti National
Assembly primaries allegedly compromised the primary by failing to
conduct election in the district.

He challenged the committee to produce authentic video clip in any
ward where election was held in Ikole, Moba and Ido/Osi local
government areas, to convince Nigerians that the primary actually
represented the wishes of the APC members.

"Another question to ask was that, did the National Working Committee
mandate the committee to use photocopies of result sheets for the
conduct of the election instead of original?

"Evidence abounded all over the five local governments that lent
credence to the fact that photocopies were brought to the wards and
people resisted attempt to continue upon realizing that it was a
product of fraud and well contrived means to rig the election.

"Most disheartening was the culpability of police in this case. They
gave protection to election riggers by allowing them to use policy
stations as sanctuaries in Ikole and Ido/Osi local governments. They
chased away intending voters for results to be brazenly manipulated in
favour of Senator Adetumbi.

"The police gave protection to party thugs in these councils while
shooting sporadically in Ikole local government and dispersed party
members. I began to ruminate on what the intentions behind humiliation
of party faithful who came to exercise their rights in support of the
party were.

"I am beginning to see that APC is gradually becoming power drunk in
Ekiti. The outcome of the July 14 election was expected to be a major
strength of our party and watershed for unity and not opportunity for
people to become venomous and exhibit unbridled penchant for power
grabbing tendencies.

"The positions of the aggrieved aspirants had been articulated before
the committee with evidence of how we were overtly rigged out of
contention by desperate politicians, in cahoots with the APC primary

"Let me put on record that the action of these election riggers had
generated a lot of odium from Ekiti electorate who saw the shootings
in some councils during that primary and viewed the intentions of the
perpetrators as eyeing the Senate for personal aggrandisement rather
than service to the populace," he stated.

Osinkolu, however, urged party members to remain calm as they await
the outcome of the appeal panel verdict on the purported electoral
heist that marred the Ekiti North primary.

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