…LAWMAKER DEFECTS TO ADC
It was knocks galore for the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State over the conduct of the National and State House of Assembly seats.
A member of the electoral committee deployed in the state to conduct the legislative primaries alleged irregularities, adding that the process was hijacked by the Chief Derin Adebiyi-led executive in the state.
Results of the legislative primaries, conducted penultimate week, showed that Governor Ibikunle Amosun and aspirants believed to be loyal to him were declared winners.
Okey Nnonyelu, amember of the National Working Committee of the APC, in a report dated Tuesday, October 9, 2018, lamented that exercise was fraught with irregularities.
He declared that the process of the legislative primaries “was heavily compromised and surrendered to the Ogun State government officials and the party executive members.”
According to Nnonyelu, out of the 236 wards in the state, the committee was able to visit only two wards located within Abeokuta.
He further alleged that the process of the primaries was dne to favour particular aspirants who later emerged as the party’s candidates.
Reacting to the allegation, APC Publicity Secretary in Ogun, Chief Wole Elegbede dismissed the report.
His words:”There was no National Working Committee (NWC) report that indicted the leadership of Ogun APC on the conduct of legislative primaries in the state.
“The report is not a report as such, but the observation of a lone member of a 7-member committee sent by the National Secretariat to conduct the primaries. This observation is not even the view of the chairman of the committee which could be misconstrued as the position of the 7-member committee”,
“How does the view of a possibly compromised dissenting voice represent the view of the NWC of the party”,Elegbede asked rhetorically.
The APC NWC report reads: “at this hotel, the plan started to change with the visit of the Ogun State party chairman, Derin Adebiyi and some party stalwarts to the members of the committee and the process, including materials, logistics and all, were surrendered and handed over to the Ogun State party hierarchy.
“At this stage, the committee ostensibly surrendered her mandate to the state structure. At about 11:00a.m, the chairman of the committee addressed all the aspirants and some stakeholders.
“But, with a clear departure from the original position of the committee, issues about the ad-hoc and inputs by the aspirants were rebuffed by the committee. Therefore, the aspirants were dismissed to face the voters and being a Sunday, the meeting came to an abrupt end”, Nnonyelu stated in the report.
“During the exercise, the committee visited two wards (within Abeokuta metropolis) out of the 236 wards of Ogun State, more so, the ugly experience witnessed in the two wards, made the committee to retire to the MITROS Hotel.
“While all committee members were in the hotel, the collated results were brought in batches at about 21:00 hrs by a fair complexion man, who introduced himself as the Chief of Staff to the Ogun State party chairman.
“Enquiry from my committee chairman, why we surrendered our mandate to both the machinery of Ogun State chairman and the party at the state level has not yielded any positive result. My submission and as can be verified and attested to by other members, is hereby affirmed.
“From the above analysis, I wish to inform Your Excellency that the entire process was heavily compromised and surrendered to the Ogun State government officials and the party exco members.
“The state chapter led by Chief Derin Adebiyi; recruited the returning officers, conducted the primaries, collated and submitted the results to the committee for declaration and submission to the National Working Committee.”, Nnonyelu said in his report to the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole.
In another development, a member of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr Jimi Otukoya has defected to the African Democratic Congress, ADC.
Otukoya, until his defection, represented the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), from Ijebu North East) state constituency.
Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr Suraj Adekunbi, who announced the defection through a letter, during plenary in Abeokuta, said that the lawmaker cited ongoing crisis and division within the PDP in the state as major reason for his defection.