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2019: No genuine primaries in many states, Ekiti Senatorial aspirant tells Oshiomhole

By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti- An All Progressives Congress (APC)  senatorial aspirant  in Ekiti State, Dr. Olusegun Osinkolu, has advised the National Chairman of the Party, Com. Adams Oshomhole to agree with the agitations by members that  primaries of the party were compromised in many states.
Osinkolu, a senatorial aspirant in Ekiti North said the  former Edo State governor must embark on a fence-mending moves to be able to pacify those that were aggrieved by the outcome of the exercise.
L-R: APC National Chairman, H.E. Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; National Woman Leader, Hajia Salamatu Baiwa and National Treasurer, Alh. Adamu Fanda at the Press Conference.
The APC Chieftain said he quite agreed with the widespread impression that most of the APC governors were acting like emperors in their states, saying such didn’t connote that  primaries in many states were free, fair and bereft of electoral malfeasance.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday on the  protracted crisis between Oshiomhole and Governors Rochas Okorocha, Ibikunle Amosun and Abdulazis Yari of Imo, Ogun and Zamfara States respectively, Osinkolu expressed deep worries over  how those entrusted with the conduct of the  primaries had allegedly rigged the exercise.
Osinkolu substantiated his claim with  what transpired in Ekiti North senatorial district where Senator Olubunmi Adetumbi  was declared winner of the primaries, saying no election  was held in the five councils of  that constitute the district.
He accused Dr. Ibrahim Sule-led National Working Committee(NWC)  of the party  of  concocting figures in the candidate’s favour  and the same happened in many of the states.
“Virtually  all the aspirants from Ekiti North were aggrieved because of the primaries and we all expressed our disapproval about it. Myself, Hon. Bimbo Daramola ,  Mr. Kayode Otitoju and Mr. Akinlayo Kolawole  openly made our grievances known to the party but no action was taken.
“Though, we have put that behind us as loyal party men and we are ready to support  Governor Kayode Fayemi in ensuring that Senator Adetumbi  and all other candidates of the party win in the 2019 elections.
“But  we have look back and correct the mistakes, because no one would be happy seeing his rights being trampled upon by other party men. We must block those things that will create unnecessary cleavages in our party, if truly we believe that we are one.
“I want to agree that  Com. Oshiomhole should be commended for trying to entrench the doctrine of party supremacy  in our party, this remains the best way to bring  equality and wipe out class differences among members.
“But in doing this, the party’s top hierarchy must  exhibit  respect
for all members;  there must be mutual respect, if so, members will continue to disrespect the leaders, ” he said.
Osinkolu appealed to Oshiomhole to find ways of appeasing the aggrieved governors and other members , rather than resorting to verbal exchanges that could tear the party apart.
The APC chieftain further appealed to members to party members in Ekiti not to see the coming elections as  walk over , urging them to close ranks and campaign vigorously for the party to once again demonstrate its popularity and acceptability among the electorate.


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