By: Ade Adeleke
Ahead of the October 10, 2020 gubernatorial election in ondo state, the governorship candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Mr Adekunle Adeleye, has effected correction through an official letter on the wrong choice of running mate published for him by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Briefing newsmen in Akure on Wednesday, Adeleye flanked by the State Chairman of the party, Mr Alex Adeniyi, explained that the party had submitted the name of Mrs Mopelola Evelyn Ibrahim as the deputy governorship candidate to replace name of Samuel Tope Omotosho wrongly published by INEC recently.
Pix: Adeleye & Adeniyi yesterday.
Pix: Letter to INEC by Adeleye.
The African Action Congress in Ondo State, had accused INEC of publishing a “strange name” one Samuel Omotosho as running mate to its governorship candidate,
INEC had however denied the allegation of the substitution of the name of the deputy governorship candidate of the AAC, a party led by the Publisher of SAHARAREPORTERS, Omoyele Sowore, adding that it only published what political parties National Chairman and Secretary submitted through a dedicated portal.
However speaking with newsmen in Akure yesterday, Adekunle Adeleye, the AAC candidate said he had in consultation with his party corrected the error by submitting the name of Mrs Mopelola Evelyn Ibrahim as his running mate a replacement of Omotosho.
The governorship Hopeful noted that he had never met the said Omotosho and his name not on the membership register of the party in the state, wondered how his name got to INEC.
Adeleye said, “we have submitted a letter to INEC notifying them of the error and we want them to replace the unknown name one (Samuel) Omotosho with my running mate Hon Mrs Mopelola Evelyn Ibrahim, I think it is a human error somewhere.
Also speaking, the AAC Chairman in Ondo state, Mr Alex Adeniyi, who accused the electoral body of distorting the list of names of its deputy governorship candidate, said the party had taken lawful steps to correct the anomaly before the deadline of August 18 when political parties have a permission to substitute or correct names of their candidates.
Adeniyi said, “we have sent letter to INEC on this issue and it has been acknowledged that name (Samuel Tope) Omotosho is totally unknown to is, who has never been a member of our party, the African Action Congress, either in Ondo State or anywhere in the country.”
INEC had a statement by Festus Okoye, National Commissioner and Chairman Information and Voter Education Committee of INEC, the electoral body said, “On Friday 31st July, 2020, the Independent National Electoral Commission published the provisional list of candidates for the Ondo State governorship election scheduled for 10th October 2020 in its state office in Akure and also uploaded same to its website and social media platforms.
“The list contains the names of the governorship and deputy governorship candidates submitted by 17 political parties, including the African Action Congress (AAC) at the close of nomination on 28th July 2020.”