Ondo APC primaries: Ajayi Boroffice rejects results, calls for cancellation

THE gale of rejection of the governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress APC, in Ondo State, continued Thursday, as another contestant, Senator Ajayi Boroffice rejected the result of the election.

Boroffice, who represents Ondo North senatorial district has therefore called for the cancellation of the election.

The lawmaker, who came fourth with 471 votes spoke at a reception rally organized for him by a member of the House of Representatives in Akoko South West/South East, Babatunde Kolawole

Borrofice said he was informed that many hired people who were not delegates voted in the party’s primary election.

He maintained that “if the appeal committee finds out that the allegations that characterized the election were true, a total cancellation of the exercise is the best.”

Expressing concern over unfolding reports on the alleged doctoring of the delegates’ list, the aspirant said: “before the conclusion of the election, I kept hearing the rumours that the delegates’ list has been infiltrated. That there are even some people who were not accredited, who are not even delegates but were given tags and induced to come and vote.That has been substantiated now and it’s unfortunate.”

“I am in support of total cancellation of the election, we must do it again”, he insisted.

Boroffice said despite the fraud in the election, he would not defect to another party under any condition.

His words: “I am a loyal party man, I had the opportunity to leave the party in 2012 but I didn’t. I was one of the three people that remained then, among the aspirants. I am not in this party to be a governor. I am in this progressive party to help build Nigeria.”

Continuing, he said: “If I don’t become governor, another person will be a governor, as long as the process is free, fair and credible.”

Observer group faults primaries

Meanwhile, an accredited observer group on APC governorship primary has adjudged it fraught with myriads of irregularities.

Leader of the group, Richards Adebayo alleged that the electoral process had some noticeable shortcomings.

Adebayo said: “The poll officials detected that the accreditation of delegates was hastily done without proper screening and many delegates were given unstamped tags. Some of the delegates that came to the voting centre were not accredited by the three major accreditation centres because they were not duly screened in contravention of the rules and the regulations of the electoral committee.”

Abraham sues for peace

As protest continues in Ikare over the loss of Dr Olusegun Abraham in the governorship primaries, the aspirant, yesterday, called for calm on the part of those  against the National Assembly member, Mr Stephen Olemija

Abraham appealed to the protesters to be peaceful and assured them that the party leadership is undoubtedly up to the task of handling the crisis.

Some of the protesters, who visited Abraham in his house, called for the recall of Olemija for allegedly sabotaging Akoko’s effort and determination to produce the next Governor of Ondo State in Dr. Abraham.

Olemija, who currently represents Akoko North East and Akoko North West local government areas in the House of Representatives and Abraham are from Ikare in Akoko North East.

Some leaders in the community including a former commissioner in the state, Hon. Julius Akinnigbagbe described the development in the party as worrisome.

“Honestly it beats my imagination that an Ikare son can work like that against the interest of Ikare,” he lamented.

Also, a former Secretary to the state Government, SSG, Fisaye Bajowa said: “What I have been hearing since the conclusion of the primaries makes me very sad.” It is very bad for a party like APC which is a change agent to be associated with election malpractices as we have been hearing.”

Aspirant calls for unity

However, one of the aspirants, Tunji Light Ariyomo has called on aggrieved aspirants to unite.

Ariyomo, in a statement in Akure said “If we continue to discredit the just concluded primary election because of certain imperfections, somebody will gain from such a political climate. Who is that person? Who will benefit most from our infighting? The PDP and its current leadership in Ondo State no doubt. My appeal to everyone therefore is to stop promoting this atmosphere of feisty discord and instead start coalescing behind the winner in order to confront and defeat the behemoth holding our state to ransom in November 2016.”

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