I won Ado-Odo Ota APC primary, call for rerun baseless – Ogun Reps member, Ojugbele


 

The lawmaker representing Ado-Odo/Ota Federal Constituency of Ogun State at the House of Representatives, Hon. Jimoh Ojugbele, has claimed that he won the primaries of the All Progressives Congres (APC) conducted on Friday.

He said instead of forwarding his name to the National Headquarters of the APC in Abuja as the winner of the election, some individuals within the party called for a rerun on Sunday.

He insisted that the Sunday election was baseless and unfounded in law.

In a statement he personally signed, Ojugbele stressed that although the process was disrupted for a few minutes, voting was concluded and the result announced.

According to him, the call for a rerun was made by an aspirant, after he (Ojugbele) had secured 41 out of the total 43 delegates accredited for the election.

The lawmaker revealed that another contestant in the election, Hon. Tunji Akinosi, who is the state Commissioner for Forestry, got only two votes in the election.

He maintained that aspirants who were not pleased with the outcome of the election can only approach the appeal committee for redress, saying the rerun held on Sunday was never sanctioned by the National Working Committee of the party and as such, should be seen as a nullity.

He alleged that an attempt to disrupt the exercise by some “disgruntled elements and street urchins” sponsored by an unpopular aspirant, only delayed the exercise for a few minutes before normalcy was restored.

While saying the election was conducted votes counted, and results announced by the assigned umpire before all agents, Ojugbele insisted that “I was declared the winner.”

He said: “The request for a re-run by an aspirant who lost an election because he is not popular is baseless, laughable and can best be imagined as such call is unfounded in law and a flagrant disregard to the party constitution.

“The primaries conducted at Alamuwa Grammar School by the assigned returning officer, Tunji Ibitokun was without any controversy and was done in substantial compliance with the party constitution, electoral guidelines and Electoral Act.

“According to the final results as announced by Tunji Ibitokun, Hon. Ojugbele scored 41 votes out of the 43 accredited delegates and Hon. Tunji Akinosi came a distant second with 2 votes.”

He emphasized that any attempt to conduct an election not sanctioned by the APC NWC after it might have been decided by the Appeal committee “will only amount to an exercise in futility and a nullity.”

Efforts to reach Hon. Akinosi were unsuccessful as he did not answer calls to his phone.

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