By AKEEM ABAS
IBADAN- Six aggrieved House of Representatives aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Oyo State have called for a new date for the party’s primary in Ibadan North-West/South-West Constituencies.
The aspirants told newsmen on Monday at Lafia Hotel in Ibadan, that the election was earlier suspended through an agreement unanimously signed by all the aspirants.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the aspirants had addressed some members and delegates at the venue of the primary to establish that no election took place.
NAN reports that the six aspirants are: Chief Rotimi Ajanaku; Mrs Folake Olunloyo-Oshinowo; Mogaji Samuel Ajadi; Mr Biodun Ikumoguniyi; Mr Temitope Oyewale and Mr Mutair Fasola.
Oyewale, who spoke on behalf of other aspirants, said that they unanimously agreed to suspend the primaries as a result of alleged fake delegates list presented.
He said they had earlier been told that an authentic delegates list would bear the stamp of APC, INEC and presented with the party’s letter head paper.
“When we got to the hall to meet the electoral committee, we requted for the list and what we got were mutilated sheets with cancelled names and handwritten names on it.
“We were told that the list was given to the committee by the two local government party chairmen. The INEC stamp was not on the list presented,” he said.
Oyewale said they were surprised to hear that one of them, Saheed Fijabi, had declared himself the winner of a primary which never took place.
Also, Ajanaku said that they had submitted their demands to the committee and expected positive response from them.
“We have submitted our demands to the committee that they should give us a date as soon as possible to conduct the election.
“And, if this is not given as demanded, we will challenge the matter in court,” he said.
In his reactions, Ajadi said that what they were demanding from the committee was a new date for the conduct of the election.
“What we are asking for right now is for them to give us a date when the primary election will be conducted as soon as possible,” he said.
Oshinowo, Ikumoguniyi and Fasola in their separate remarks, expressed confidence that the party would not shortchanged them or allow anyone to pertuate illegalities.(NAN)
By AKEEM ABAS