Ondo APC primaries: Aspirants call for cancellation over violence

RIVAL supporters of two aspirants of the Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC) stirred up violence on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at Ward 1, Stella Maris College, Okitipupa, during the party primaries being held ahead of the state’s governorship elections.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the violence between two groups of supporters disrupted the voting process, leaving voters who had gathered at the Ward scampering for safety even before the accreditation process began.

Eyewitnesses also told NAN that a party agent had arrived on the scene, snatched accreditation documents and run away, leading to the unrest in the area.

Meanwhile, some aspirants have called for a cancellation of the process over issues with the distribution of materials.

Some of the aspirants led by Gbenga Edema alleged that the APC Electoral Committee led by Kogi state governor Ahmed Usman Ododo was not being transparent in discharging his duties and asked the leadership of the party to replace him immediately.



    “That they should come to BON Hotel to collect the materials and that accreditation will start by 10 a.m., to be completed by 1 p.m. while voting proper will start by 1 p.m. and end by 2 p.m., then the announcement of the results.

    “As I am talking to you now, this is 10:40 a.m. We’ve been here since 6 a.m., believing that our people would collect the materials, but unfortunately, at about 9:30 a.m., His Excellency Governor of Kogi State, Usman Ododo, came out to tell us that materials had been distributed. At what time? In what places? We don’t know!

    “Unfortunately, for him, the returning officers and electoral officers of my ward, Mahin Ward II in Ilaje local government are here and unable to collect any material. What we are asking for is a credible election. So, we are asking the leadership of the party to look into this. If they’re not ready for this election, they should postpone it and the right thing should be done,” Edema was quoted as saying.

    The Ondo state governorship election is scheduled for November 2024. One of the aspirants under the APC is the incumbent governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa. He became governor four months ago following the death of his principal, Rotimi Akeredolu.

    Ijeoma Opara is a journalist with The ICIR. Reach her via [email protected] or @ije_le on Twitter.

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