Ahead of the gubernatorial primary election scheduled to hold tomorrow, Osun state APC gubernatorial aspirant, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti on Friday raised allegations of anomalies .
At a press conference he presided over in Osogbo on Friday , Alhaji Moshood Adeoti said Governor Gboyega Oyetola’s continued membership of the National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, (NCECPC) of the APC despite being a gubernatorial aspirant was wrong.
‘Tomorrow’s governorship primary cannot be fair, free, and equitable if Governor Oyetola still remains a member of the NCECPC. We note that like it happened during the Congress, we are reliably informed that Governor Oyetola was the one who hand-picked the Chairman and members of the primary election committee.
It is within human reasonability not to trust such a handpicked committee by an interested party member. Such a committee would never be fair to other contenders. We therefore express absolute opposition to whatever committee that will conduct tomorrow’s primary election because they were chosen by Governor Oyetola. There can only be point of convergence for us if Governor Oyetola could resign his membership and the process of conducting the primary begins afresh’ he said.
Adeoti also alleged that the governor was instrumental in having the primary election fixed for tomorrow rather than the initially scheduled date of March 5, 2022 , saying ‘we have it on good authority that the NCECPC was influenced by Oyetola to reverse the date to have the primary before the National Convention coming up on February 26, 2022′ .
He has also accused Oyetola of violating the party’s constitution.
‘The provision of Article 31(iii) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Constitution (2014) as Amended reads as follows:
“Any party office holder interested in contesting for an elective office (whether party office or office in a general election) shall resign and leave office 30 days prior to the date of nomination or party primary for office he or she is seeking to contest”.
From the Constitutional provision quoted above, it is against the tenet and intendment of Article 31(iii) for Governor Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola to still remain and retain his membership of CECPC’ he submitted.
pulsinews learned he has however expressed readiness to participate in the gubernatorial primary election.
While accusing the party leaders of not making the register of members available to his faction , he has ruled out election boycott.
‘ I and my supporters are going to participate in the primary election tomorrow. We are not going to boycott. I want to urge all APC members to go to their Collation centres in their various wards to vote for me. I call on the security agencies in the state to provide adequate security for our people’ he said.
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