By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti– A Governorship Aspirant on the platform of All Progressive Congress, Senator Ayo Arise on Tuesday expressed optimism that the party would win the forthcoming governorship election notwithstanding the crisis the party is passing through.
Arise, who represented Ekiti North in the Senate between 2007-2011, however described the May 5, botched governorship primary election as “unfortunate and total embarrassment” adding that the party is conducting investigation and following up on what led to the disruption and would apportion appropriate sanction on those responsible for the fiasco.
Speaking with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, the APC Chieftain said it was not true that hoodlums hijacked the process, as he said that the primary was brought to a halt by aspirants’ agents and party members when irregularities and electoral malfeasance were noticed.
According to him, “I don’t think that those who participated can really be described as hoodlums, I think they were agents and party members, so I believe there are some irregularities that they noticed and that led to what we all saw as the effect of the outcome that were noticed and with some evidences that we have seen
“What happened was a shame because those who were supposed to conduct a free and fair election couldn’t do it, some people were allowed to be exchanging cards, money and promissory notes were being given for collection of cash after voting while the election was going on and I believe this is the immediate cause of the reactions that we have all seen that has put us in Ekiti in a very bad light.