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Friday, September 9, 2016

ONDO APC POLL: AKEREDOLU PETITIONS POLICE OVER DELEGATES' CONFESSIONS, BOROFFICE CALLS FOR CANCELLATION

Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has petitioned the state Commissioner of Police, Mrs Hilda Harrison on the alleged confession of some delegates to the last Governorship primary election of the party that the election was unfair.

In a similar development, the senator representing Ondo Northern Senatorial District, Ajayi Boroffice has called for the cancellation of the primary election, saying he was informed that those who were not delegates voted in the party's primary election.

Akeredolu in a petition signed by the counsel to Akeredolu, Mr Charles Titiloye,the Governorship hopeful urged the Police to investigate the activities of the Police and other security agencies in the conduct of the primary election.

He also charged the Police to investigate the source of a video clip being circulated in the state where two persons confessed to have impersonated other delegates and voted in favour of Akeredolu during the exercise.

Akeredolu who maintained that the election was transparent and credible with many security agents in attendance said the allegation of bribery levelled against him by the two delegates in the video was not true.

He said the video was an attempt to blackmail him and discredit the last Primary election of the party, stressing that the election, which was conducted under the supervision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was adjudged transparent by all the observes that monitored it.

According to him, he had discovered that the two persons who claimed to have impersonated in the video were being sponsored by his opponent in order to discredit the poll.

Besides Boroffice, who came fourth, scored 471 votes in an election won by Akeredolu, who won with 669 votes, a member of the House of Representatives, representing Akoko South West / Akoko South East, Hon. Babatunde Kolawole said the election was characterized with malpractice.

Boroffice and Kolawole spoke at a reception rally organised by Kolawole and attended by thousands of indigenes of Oka town and its evirons at the Palace of Olubaka of Oka-Akoko in Akoko South West local government, Oba Adebori Adeleye.

Borrofice said if the committee finds out the allegation to be true, he is expecting a total cancellation of the exercise.

He said "before the conclusion of the election, I kept hearing the rumor that the delegate list has been infiltrated.

"That there are even some people who are not accredited, who are not even delegates but were given tags and induced to come and vote. And that has been substantiated now and it's unfotunate.

"I am in support of total cancellation of the election, we must do it again."

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