Ogun: PDP Chairmen Kick, Say No Primary Took Place In Abeokuta North, Obafemi Owode LGAs - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Ogun: PDP Chairmen Kick, Say No Primary Took Place In Abeokuta North, Obafemi Owode LGAs

••• As Late Kashamu's Son, Rasheed Emerges PDP Candidate For Ijebu North State Constituency

••• Late Arrival Of Materials Mar Ogun PDP Primaries




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| The Daily Crucible | Sunday, May 22, 2022

The Chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abeokuta North Local Government(LGA) and Obafemi/Owode Local Government(LGA) in Ogun State, Alhaji Akeem Anifowose and Mr Muyiwa Ojebiyi respectively, on Sunday night declared that there were no primaries for the State House of Assembly and House of Representatives conducted in the two LGAs.

Anifowose and Ojebiyi cited disagreement arising from alleged attempt to use mutilated, doctored and questionable delegates list purportedly from the National Headquarters of PDP by some members of the party to conduct the primary as reason it could not hold in both LGAs.

Anifowose specifically threatened to write a petition to the Inspector General of Police, the Department of State Security (DSS), the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) and the party hierarchy over the development.

The chairmen who addressed reporters also distanced themselves from the gathering of delegates and supporters of the party at State party Secretariat, in Magbon area of Abeokuta, the state capital. 

Anifowose and Ojebiyi said athough, the primary election was supposed to have commenced at 8.am on Sunday but was delayed till 5pm following late arrival of materials from party officials in Abuja and the State.

They however, noted that after the verification of the certified authentic delegate lists duly signed by the INEC Headquarters, Abuja, by the Local Government Party chairmen, aspirants and delegates in the presence of INEC officials and security agencies, some politicians stormed the venues of the primaries with the alleged questionable delegate lists and attempted to foist it on the people but it was rejected and in the ensuing commotion, everybody dispersed and went away.

The chairmen also alleged that the State Working Committee (SWC), was planning to conduct illegal party primaries to elect candidates for state constituencies and Federal Constituencies ahead of 2023 general elections.

They said such steps if taken at the State Secretariat, it would translate to a violation of the party's guidelines sent to them.

According to the two chairmen, there were noticeable discrepancies in the list of delegates, that were signed and stamped  by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Headquarters which were earlier authenticated and handed over to them.

The chairmen also declared that they would never be part of any exercise, that may take place outside the designated places and urged the PDP National Secretariat to intervene in the matter in the interest of the party. 

They said: "Our position is that the primary for both House of Assembly and House of Representatives positions in our respective Constituencies, did not hold due to disagreements over delegate lists.

"Information at our disposal was that they have gathered t the State Secretariat to conduct the primary, we shall not accept this because any primary conducted outside the designated,  venue is illegal and null and void."

However, late Senator Buruji Kashamu's son, Rasheed Kashamu, has emerged the People's Democratic Party ( PDP) House of Assembly candidate for Ijebu North State constituency 1 (Ijebu Igbo) in the primary conducted by the party in Ogun State on Sunday.

Also, Yusuf Daisi popularly called Legacy, has also emerged as PDP House of Assembly candidate for Ijebu Ode state constituency.

However, controverdies, late arrival of relevant materials and absence of them in some centres have characterised the House of Assembly and House of Representatives primary elections held by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun state on Sunday where the party was to elect candidates for the State House of Assembly and House of Representatives.

From Obafemi-Owode Owode to Abeokuta North, Ewekoro to Odeda, Ijebu East to Ogun Waterside local government areas and other parts of the state, reports of doctoring and outright swapping of the delegates list certified by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) marred the exercise.

A total of 708 adhoc delegates and 20 National delegates had emerged from the ward congress and local government area congress held by the party and monitored by INEC.

But, some of the party members alleged that people claiming to be taking directive from the National Chairman, Senator Iyiorchia Ayu, attempted to replace the INEC-certified delegates list with another one that generated suspicion.

"In view of the fact that the alleged action of some people to use wrong delegates list, it is clearly in flagrant violation of Section 82 (3) of the Electoral Act 2022, the aggrieved parties or delegates are at liberty to seek redress in the court of law," a lawyer, Babatunde Ogunse, said.

"In Ifo Local Government Area, attacks were unleashed on the delegates from Ewekoro PDP who went to Ifo to participate in the primary election to choose the party's candidate for the House of Representatives for Ifo/Ewekoro Federal Constituency.

"The injured delegates and those who luckily escape this physical  attacks unharmed from Ewekoro Local Government have vowed to stay away from the rescheduled primary slated for 9am on Monday, if the said primary election will still hold at Ifo.

"Some of the state party officials with active connivance of some persons in Abuja are consciously subverting the authentic and legitimate delegates lists with forged ones that did not emanate from the legitimate congress duly monitored, signed and approved by INEC," an aspirant said.

Meanwhile, in Iperu, the home town of governor Dapo Abiodun as well as that of the PDP governorship aspirant, Hon. Ladi Adebutu, aspirants for the State House of Assembly seat on the platform of PDP were said to have engaged each other in naira war in bids to woo delegates.

Unofficial source claimed that at the delegate election to select candidate for Ikenne local government state constituency,  one of the  two contestants was prepared to offer N200,000 per delegate while the other boasted of being ready to offer N150,000. 

According to a PDP chieftain and former Presidential aide from the area, Dr. Doyin Okupe, there are 10 wards and three delegates per ward in Ikenne LGAs.

Using his official Twitter handle, Okupe envisaged a situation where each of the aspirants might have coughed out about N6m in the scramble for delegates vote.

However, the state chairman of the party, Alh. Sikirulai Ogundele said the late arrival of election materials created the delay, saying of the 20 local government areas of the state, the party primaries have just been concluded in just about two local governments - Ikpokia and Ijebu North as of 6.30 pm on Sunday.

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