“We have learnt on good authority that the national headquarters of APC is determined to force a particular candidate on the people of Ogun state”
Chinelo Obogo and Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole for attempting to skew its governorship primary in favour of a particular aspirant.
Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, conveyed the message, yesterday, during a live broadcast in Abeokuta, the state capital, yesterday evening.
Adeoluwa said: “We have learnt on good authority that the national headquarters of APC is determined and desperate to force a particular candidate on the people of Ogun state; we will be ready for them and we shall do nothing unlawful. We have decided and that is what the leaders have asked me to tell the whole world that, in Ogun state, we shall not participate in any primary unless and until the National Working Committee will specifically write to us on a date that will not shift and agree on the mode of primary.
“We decline ballot paper because that is not their own guidelines. We can not smuggle into Ogun state what has not been practised elsewhere. We don’t know why they are desperate to disturb the peace of Ogun state. We hope that the whole of our country including well-meaning people everywhere will help beg Comrade Adams Oshiomhole not to set Ogun state on fire.”
Meanwhile, Meanwhile, Lagos State chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Babatunde Balogun, has insisted that the governorship primary which held in the 245 Wards, yesterday, would not be cancelled.
Balogun told newsmen at the state secretariat, that the National Working Committee Election Panel was biased in their responsibilities.
He added that they left the party secretariat where they were supposed to be, for the supervision of the election process and instead opted for a hotel.
He said the state executive cannot disenfranchise the 1.5 million party members who voted at the governorship primary, restating that the primaries was successful. A large number of you were at the different venues where the election took place, so, the primary election took place in all the 245 wards and it was peaceful, or did you experience violence anywhere; not a single case of violence was recorded, it was peaceful, fair and transparent.”