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Aiyedatiwa Emerges Winner of Ondo APC Governorship Primary Amid Controversy

Boom RadioNG | April 22, 2024
Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa

In a closely contested primary, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the governor of Ondo State, has been declared the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) ward primary. He will be the party’s candidate in the upcoming governorship election in the state. However, the primary was not without controversy and protests.

Several contestants alleged that the elections did not take place as claimed. Folakemi Omogoroye, a female aspirant, described the process as a “complete rape on democracy” and called for its cancellation. She highlighted the absence of election officials and voting materials at the voting centers, preventing her supporters from exercising their right to vote. Omogoroye threatened legal action if her demand for a fresh and transparent election was not met.

Disgruntled party members took to the streets of Akure, demanding the annulment of the primary and the removal of the committee chair. They alleged irregularities in the conduct of the ward primaries across the 203 wards of the state, describing the process as a “daylight robbery.” They urged the national secretariat of the APC to prevent a crisis in the state and avoid imposing an unpopular candidate.

Despite the controversy, Aiyedatiwa emerged as the winner with a total of 48,569 votes. Mayowa Akinfolarin secured 15,343 votes, while Olusola Oke came in third with 14,865 votes. The Chairman of the Governorship Primary Election Committee and Governor of Kogi State, Ahmed Ododo, declared Aiyedatiwa the winner, noting that the electoral process went smoothly with minimal skirmishes.

Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa

Governor of Ondo State, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa

Aiyedatiwa’s victory positions him as the APC candidate for the governorship election. He has garnered support in 16 out of the 18 local government areas of the state, with the exception of Ilaje LGA. It is worth mentioning that incidents of violence in Ifedore led to the cancellation of results.

Written by Boom RadioNG

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