Ondo APC: Abraham makes a U-turn, challenges Akeredolu’s victory

One of the governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Segun Abraham, has challenged the result of the last Saturday’s primary of the party.

He said he would officially write a petition to the Electoral Appeal Committee of the party.
Abraham, who was endorsed by the national leader of the party, Senator Ahmed Tinubu, polled 635 votes behind Chief Rotimi Akeredolu who scored 669 votes in the primary.
Abraham had earlier congratulated Akeredolu after he was declared the winner of the primary with a promise to support his governorship bid.
But in a statement issued by his media aide, Mr. Sayo Aluko, on Tuesday, Abraham alleged that the delegates’ list used for the election was doctored before the commencement of the exercise.
He also alleged that the election was marred by various malpractices such as delegates’ list tampering, fake delegates’ incursion, disenfranchising of rightful delegates, smuggling of illegal ballot papers into ballot box among others.
The statement read partly, “It is now beyond doubt that the delegates’ list used on the day of the primary was doctored and strangely injected with a mind-blowing number of delegates who are neither executive members of our party nor statutory delegates.
“To say the least, the manipulation of the delegates’ list, the highly-skewed accreditation process and the entire processes leading to the conduct of the election have cast the darkest stain on the result of the primary held on the 3rd of September, 2016.
“Against this background, coupled with the change and integrity that our party preaches and practises, and having widely consulted with my numerous supporters, I have reached the hour of decision to fall back on the internal mechanism of our great party to seek redress so that at the end justice will be served and more importantly, our democracy may endure.”
To this end, he declared that the outcome of “ the September 3rd APC governorship primary in Ondo State is unacceptable. I hereby appeal against same.”
Meanwhile, few days after the primary of the APC, some political parties had started wooing some aggrieved governorship aspirants of the party to come and pick their governorship tickets.
Also, unconfirmed reports claimed that some APC governorship aspirants who were not satisfied with the result of the primary were planning to dump the APC for other political parties.
Investigation revealed that some of the aggrieved aspirants had been discussing with some less popular parties in the state with the aim of becoming their governorship candidates in the forthcoming election.
Some of the parties with governorship candidates are, the APC, the Peoples Democratic Party, Labour Party, Citizen Popular Party, Social Democratic Party and Allied Congress Party of Nigeria while others parties have yet to conduct their primaries nor have candidates for the November 26, governorship election.
It was reliably gathered that some of these parties without governorship candidates had written letters to some of the losers of the APC primary to join their parties and be their standard bearers in the governorship election.
An APC leader, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed to our correspondent that some of the aggrieved APC aspirants were ready to leave the party so as to become governorship candidate of other parties.
He said, “Some of the aspirants have already made up their minds to go away because they lost the primary. We wish them good luck. Let them go and try their strength and capacity in another parties.
“This is not the first time such a thing will be happening in Ondo State politics. The incumbent governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, did it in 2007 and he won the election. So, if they know they too can win the election, let them go and try their luck in another parties. “
However,  one of the aspirants, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, in his reaction, said he had no plan to leave the party. He said there was no need for any aspirant to dump the APC because he lost the primary.
He said, “I will advise them not to leave the party because we asked for a free and fair primary and we got it. Akeredolu did not conduct the primary. It was conducted by an independent body. Secondly, he didn’t vote for himself. The delegates voted for him.
“There is nothing Akeredolu did in the primary that other aspirants did not do. So, there no basis for defection. I will not leave the party and I will give all energy and support that is needed to Akeredolu because the primary was free, fair and transparent.”
Similarly, another aspirant, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, also said he had no plan to leave the APC, saying he remained loyal to the party.
Responding, the Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Abayomi Adesanya, said there was no plan by any of the aspirants to defect.
He said all the aspirants had expressed their readiness to work with the winner of the primary, Akeredolu, to ensure the APC takes over from the ruling PDP in 2017.