APC Election Committee Declares Ondo Governorship Primary Election Inconclusive

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary in Ondo State has been declared inconclusive, with the election committee, led by Kogi State Governor Usman Ododo, announcing that the process will resume today. The primary, which is a crucial step in selecting the APC’s gubernatorial candidate, has been marred by controversy and allegations of irregularities.

The election was held across 203 wards in the 18 local government areas of the state. However, disruptions were reported in parts of the state, particularly in Okitipupa, where the primary did not hold due to late arrival of materials and personnel. This has led to a rerun election being scheduled for 13 wards in Okitipupa, a stronghold of one of the aspirants, Senator Jimoh Ibrahim.

Governor Ododo, addressing the media, stated, “Having received reports of the primary election from the 203 Wards in the 18 Local Governments of Ondo State, the Primary Election Committee has decided that election will be conducted in all the 13 Wards of Okitipupa Local Government with total validated registered members of 9,515.” He further added that the final collation of the results will be done after the conclusion of the rerun election.

The inconclusive primary has sparked protests in Akure, with demonstrators calling for the cancellation of the primary. One protester was quoted saying, “It was a broad-day light robbery, a monumental disaster. APC delegated some people to Ondo State to conduct the primary; apparently, that was never done. They remained in Akure and started writing results. They wrote the results of 203 wards all across Ondo State, taking the mandate of the people into their own hands.”

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In response to the unfolding events, five governorship aspirants of the APC have called for the cancellation of the primary election over alleged irregularities. They have also demanded the removal of Ododo as chairman of the electoral committee and a repeat of the process.

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