A gubernatorial aspirant of the All Progressives Congress , Chief Olusola Oke, on Saturday disclosed that he was waiting for the outcome of the intervention by his party’s Election Appeal Committee over the controversial primary held in Ondo State on September 3 before he would decide what to do next.
The gubernatorial primary of the APC which produced a member of the inner bar and former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Rotimi Akeredolu as its candidates had been rejected by top contenders including Oke on the account that it was marred by fraud.
Oke said he had refused to make any comment on the issue other than taking the case before the party’s Election Appeal Committee because he was and is still a stickler to process and procedure
Apart from Oke, two other aspirants, Segun Abraham and Senator Ajayi Boroffice, had challenged the results of the primary, won by Rotimi Akeredolu, alleging that the delegates’ list used for the election was doctored.
Speaking on telephone, the APC chieftain, Chief Olusola Oke expressed confidence that the committee would do justice to his petition.
According to him, “You will observe that I have maintained silence over the matter, deciding not to make any statement. I like to follow due process. I have articulated all the infractions observed in the primary and put them before the internal mechanism (of the party) for redress.”
A group of election observers which monitored the primary, similarly alleged that the election was characterised with irregularities.
According to the leader of the group, Richard Adebayo, the accreditation of delegates was hastily done without proper screening.
Meanwhile, major opposition parties in the state including Labour Party and the Social Democratic Party, had carpeted APC, saying its inability to conduct a free and fair primary poll showed that it was also doing things the way of PDP.