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Over 2,000 supporters and members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara State have protested the alleged substitution of some candidates that won the APC primaries for another unpopular candidate. They called on National Working Committee of the APC to announce Professor Oba Abdulraheem, as the winner of the recent gubernatorial primary.
Professor Abdulraheem is a one-time Vice Chancellor of University of Ilorin and former Chairman, Federal Character Commission. He polled the highest number of votes during the primary election with over 7,000 margins ahead of the next person to him in the race.
The aggrieved members of the party however pointed accusing fingers to the leadership of the party in the State for being the brains behind what they described as sacrilegious and injustice of the highest order. They, therefore, called on the national leadership of the party to as a matter of urgency intervene into the matter so as to restore orderliness and good democratic process into the fold of APC in Kwara.
Addressing pressmen in Ilorin amidst teeming members of the party, a chieftain of APC in the State, Honourable Olawale Adegboye said what happened is against the democratic norms. “It is very unfortunate that we can be claiming to be fighting corruption when right here in our faces, corruption was perpetrated against the good people of Kwara State.
“In a situation where we have not even gotten to the general elections, we are already seeing cases of aspirants being substituted for people that did not even collect forms. It is unfair, unacceptable and a total sacrilegious atrocity against democratic norms.
“We want President Muhammadu Buhari to tell the APC Chairman that if APC want to win election in Kwara State, all these injustices must be addressed, but if left unaddressed, we are not sure of APC’s victory in Kwara State,” he added.
The Director General of Professor Oba Abdulraheem campaign organisation, Barrister Sarafadeen described what happened at the Kwara APC primary as a coup against collective decision of members.
Barrister Sarafadeen said his candidate, Professor Oba, as a law abiding citizen, had filed a petition at the national secretariat of APC, adding that up till now, no response from the national secretariat of APC.
Also speaking, Mr Abdulganiyu Alabi, an aspirant that vied for the State House of Assembly from Ilorin West Local Government Area lamented that his mandate has been hijacked and substituted for another aspirant who did not win during the primary.
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