APC Governorship Aspirant Denounces Ondo State Primary Election as 'Show of Shame'

Controversy surrounds Ondo APC governorship primary as aspirant Akinterinwa alleges manipulation, calls it a "show of shame." Raises concerns about integrity of electoral process within the party.

Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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APC Governorship Aspirant Denounces Ondo State Primary Election as 'Show of Shame'

APC Governorship Aspirant Denounces Ondo State Primary Election as 'Show of Shame'

On April 20, 2024, Wale Akinterinwa, an APC governorship aspirant in Ondo State, Nigeria, denounced the party's primary election as a "show of shame." Akinterinwa alleged that no actual voting took place in any of the 203 wards and accused the election committee, led by Governor Usman Ododo, of manipulating the process to favor a particular candidate.

The Akinterinwa Campaign Organisation spokesperson, Segun Ajiboye, stated that there was no primary election held to choose a candidate, characterizing what occurred as a "mockery of democracy." Akinterinwa claimed there was incontrovertible evidence that no election was held in any part of Ondo State, and the committee chairman, Governor Ododo, simply arrived to write the result of an election that was never conducted.

Despite the objections, Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa was declared the winner of the APC primary in Ondo, having polled 48,569 votes to defeat his closest opponent, Mayowa Akinfolarin, who had 15,343 out of 95,178 valid votes counted. The chairman of the Primary Election Committee, Governor Ododo, stated that the incumbent Ondo governor won in 16 out of the 18 local government areas, while Olusola Oke won in one.

The primaries were characterized by non-arrival of election materials in most wards and violence, prompting the committee to announce the election inconclusive and reschedule it for 13 wards. Protesters, including supporters of other aspirants, called for the suspension of Governor Ododo and the cancellation of the election, describing it as a "broad-day light robbery" and a "monumental disaster."

Why this matters: The controversy surrounding the APC governorship primary in Ondo State raises concerns about the integrity of the electoral process and the democratic principles within the party. The allegations of manipulation and lack of actual voting underscore the need for transparency and fairness in the selection of candidates for political office.

The People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the state also characterized the primaries as a "charade" and a sign that the APC is not capable of ruling the country. Akinterinwa appealed to his supporters to remain calm and peaceful while exploring legal and democratic ways to register their grievances, assuring them that he remains committed to the tenets of democracy.

Key Takeaways

  • APC governorship aspirant Akinterinwa denounced Ondo primary as "show of shame".
  • Akinterinwa alleged no actual voting, accusing election committee of manipulating process.
  • Despite objections, APC declared Aiyedatiwa as winner, winning 16 of 18 LGAs.
  • Primaries marred by non-arrival of materials, violence, and calls for suspension/cancellation.
  • PDP characterized primaries as "charade", questioning APC's capability to govern Nigeria.