BREAKING: Not Much Jubilation As APC Announces The Winner Of The Osun State Governorship Election Primaries, Amid Protest

By Post-Nigeria: July 21, 2018 06:38

BREAKING: Not Much Jubilation As APC Announces The Winner Of The Osun State Governorship Election Primaries, Amid Protest

Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola, the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has emerged as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the September 22 Governorship election, in the State.

Oyetola, who is also the cousin of Bola Tinubu, the National Leader of the party, emerged winner, by polling 127,017 votes, to beat Yusuff Lasun, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, who recorded 21,975 votes, to place a distant second.

Najeem Salam, the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, occupied third place, with 17,958 votes.

Before the start of Friday’s primary, Moshood Adeoti, the Secretary to the Osun State Government, had accused the party of manipulating the exercise, saying that a lot of things were done to render it as a mere endorsement of Oyetola.

“The primary was arranged, skewed, and designed to favour Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Otedola, the cousin of the National Leader of our party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu”, Adeoti’s Campaign Organisation had said in a statement.

He alleged that there was no credible register of members with which a free, fair, and transparent direct primary could be conducted, but only a “cooked-up register comprising handpicked persons loyal to the emergence of Oyetola, printed in a firm owned by Oyetola in Lagos.”

Before Friday, 12 of the 17 Aspirants had criticised and kicked against the directive of the APC National Working Committee, NWC, for the election to hold via direct means, which meant every card-carrying member of the party could vote. However, the 12 maintained that the party had no comprehensive register of APC members across Osun State.

A second Aspirant and current Senator, Babajide Omoworare, withdrew not long after, but without acrimony.

Omowoware, who represents Osun East at the Senate, said he stood down in the party’s interest.

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