Ondo Reps Bye-election: Former IG son, Ifeoluwa Ehindero, wins, other aspirants kick

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Ifeoluwa Ehindero, the son of the former lnspector General of Police, Sunday Ehindero, weekend, won the All Progressives Congress (APC) Primary Election for the bye-election in Akoko North East and North West Federal Constituency, Ondo state.

Sunday Ehindero, was the lnspector General of Police between 2005 and 2007, and the 12th occupying the position.

Ifeoluwa who is billed to replace the Minister of Interior, Hon Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo at the National Assembly, defeated other eight aspirants in the party’s primary held at the Victory College, lkare, area of the state.

Meanwhile, eight aspirants, kicked against the emergence of lfeoluwa, alleging that the leadership of the party in the constituency manipulated the election to favour him.

The aspirants that kicked and rejected the outcome of the primary election, include, Hon. Olugbenga Araoyinbo, Haruna Adesina, Dr Muyiwa Olusa, Alhaji Olanrewaju Kazeem, Bimbo Makinde, Prince Charles Babalola, Wale Owolabi and Lasisi Mohammed.

However, the Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Hon Abdukadir M Nasir, declared Ifeoluwa Ehindero, as the candidate of the party for Akoko Northeast/Northwest federal constituency to replace the Minister of Interior, Hon Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo at the National Assembly.

Nasir said that Ehindero, scored 105 votes, out of 106 delegates that were cleared for the exercise, while another aspirant, Bimbo Makinde, scored one vote.

He said the committee members were duly provided with the delegate list, which would be used for the election, adding that it was not their duty to query what happened before the party primary and what would take place after the primary.

While saying that the appeal committee would handle that part of the electoral contest, the chairman noted that the mandate of the committee was to conduct the primary election.

Earlier, while speaking with newsmen, Hon Araoyinbo said that the aspirants have been schemed out by the way the delegate list was generated by the party at the local governments that made up the federal constituency.

Araoyinbo said, “As you can see we have been here waiting for the officials, waiting to see the list. We have not been able to get it.

“Not until about 1:47 pm that the party chairman brought it here. We asked them they said the party chairman at the state level gave the list out.

“The way forward is that this election can’t hold. We can’t accept the outcome of an election where we don’t have the delegates list. They just brought the list right now.

“There was no level playing ground. We have not seen the list as we speak. This is not acceptable.”

Also speaking, another aspirant, Makinde, said he would have canvassed to the delegates if he had been aware of who the delegates were before the conduct of the primary.

“He said there was no congress at the ward level to elect the delegates who voted in the election.

He added, “As of now I don’t know who are the delegates. I saw the Chairman of my Local Government and one other person came in with a paper. I was surprised that they did not conduct any congress.

But reacting, a state party official, denied all the allegations that one single person generated the list.

The official who spoke with newsmen at the venue of the election said that the aggrieved aspirants should approach the appeal committee and stop heating the polity.

He advised them to be a true democrat and join hands with the winner of the primary assuring that the party will win the bye election in the federal constituency.

Also, reacting, the Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr Alex Kalejaye, said the appeal committee would start sitting in Akure, the State capital see to the grievances of the aspirants.

Kalejaye urged the aspirants to submit their grievances to the Appeal Panel and await their response.

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