By: Ade Adeleke
…….Aspirants want to import fake members from Osun, Lagos for Direct Primary.
A group working for the reelection of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu within the All progressives congress (APC) in Ondo state, IBI-GIGA AMBASSADORS has written a petition to the national leadership of the party over alleged plans by some governorship aspirants of the party to import fake members from Lagos and Osun states ahead of July 20 APC primary.
The petition was addressed to the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole through the state Chairman, Engr Ade Adetimehin and signed by the IBI GIGA AMBASSADORS Director-General, Prof Lanre Olu-Adeyemi; the Deputy Director General, Chief Barr. Alaba EnioIa-Ajipe and the group’s Secretary.
The petition was copied to Akeredolu, the State Commissioner of Police and the Stare Director of the DSS.
Reading the petition to newsmen at a Press Conference held at the NUJ Press Centre in Akure today, Prof Adeyemi represented by the Deputy Director General, Chief (Barr.) Alaba EnioIa-Ajipe said individuals who are also governorship aspirants had commenced moves to inject their loyalists into the register with the intention of truncating the chances of governor Akeredolu if direct primary.
Adeyemi pointed out that the 2014 party membership registration remained valid and any attempt to doctor the list could lead to crisis in the party and loss of governorship election in October.
The DG of Ibi-Giga Ambassadors said, “the said desperate Aspirants and their collaborators in an attempt to have their way if the National leadership of the Party adopts Direct Primary as the mode of electing the Party Candidate in the forthcoming scheduled Primary Election of our Party in Ondo State on 20th July, 2020 have gone to the state of Osun and collated Party Membership Slips which are in thousands and have been injecting these fictitious names on these Slips into a concocted Party membership Register which they intend to use in Ondo State towns bordering Osun state as these towns are mostly populated by Osun indigenes living here in Ondo state and doing their legitimate businesses for several years now.
“According to our source, the Aspirants have perfected plans to ‘smuggle’ into Ondo State, people from Osun State who would appear as eligible Voters in “their various polling Units’ on the day of the Primary Election if the Primary Election is Direct mode.
“The other Aspirant has also gone as far as to Lagos state to collate thousands of Party Membership Slips to be used by his supposed supporters thereby designing a new Party Membership Registration Forms which have been distributed secretly across the various Wards in Ondo State.
“We are concerned that this unscrupulous action, if not quickly addressed, portends grave dangers to the fortunes of our great party as we prepare for the Party Primaries in July 2020 and the gubernatorial elections in October 2020.
“Sir, we want to put on record that the party membership registration that was done in 2014 formed the existing APC Party Register in Ondo State and it is the only known party membership register that is in existence in Ondo State as at today.
“Thus any illegal injection of names as is currently being done by some desperate elements is inimical to the good image of our party and will no doubt create avoidable and unnecessary crisis in our dear State.
“It is pertinent to emphasise here that our alarm is not borne out of cowardice but to guide jealously and safeguard the peace and tranquility that is prevalent in our Party in particular and generally in Ondo State at the moment because Ondo State people are very sophisticated and enlightened and would not condone any attempt by anyone who would for selfish reason overtly or covertly overreach a process thereby putting the innocent indigenes of the state into a sorry state.
“On our own part, we want to put on record that we are mobilising for the re-election of the incumbent Governor whether the mode of the primary election is direct or indirect.
“However. we are compelled to raise this alarm as we crave for a level playing field as we go into the primary election. We are concerned that if we allow some desperate Aspirants and their cohorts to tinker with the Party Register, it will tell on the integrity of the selection process and may spark unnecessary reactions that will affect the peace that we currently enjoy in Ondo State.
“We are mostly concerned that these desperate Elements knowningfully well that they cannot go into a free and fair contest with the incumbent governor whose performances in all facets of the economy is greatly celebrated even by the opposition party in the state.
“Hence, they have been running from pillar to post in order to circumvent the mode of Primary which is yet to be announced by the National leadership of our Party.
“We believe and we know that the party leadership is in firm control of the Party and will stop at nothing to bring about fairness, equity and justice to all members as the ability of the APC in Ondo State to remain strong to win the forthcoming gubernatorial elections and subsequent elections is without doubt uppermost in their mind,” the group said.