Aderin Adesida, the winner of the All Progressives Congress, APC, primary in the Akure South/Akure North federal constituency contest has kicked against the call for a rerun of the exercise.
Adesida said the move by one of his opponents and serving federal lawmaker, Mayokun Lawson Alade that the exercise be cancelled is baseless.
Adesida, a former member of the House of Representatives, told journalists that he had won the primary and had been congratulated by his two opponents before some political thugs invaded the site to temporarily interrupt the process.
Prince Adesida polled 68 votes to defeat his closest rival Mayokun Alade who had 37 votes and another aspirant, Oluwafemi Fadairo who also scored five votes in the keenly contested exercise.
The election was, however, disrupted following the invasion of the venue by political thugs on Friday.
However, Alade, the incumbent lawmaker for the constituency, had called for the process to be cancelled claiming that it has been tainted by political thugs who caused chaos during the primaries.
Adesida insisted that politics should not be a life-or-death situation, accusing Alade of engineering the chaos at the venue and pleading with the party’s leadership to ignore his proposal for a new primary.
Adesida maintained that the APC primary committee reconvened after the process was temporarily disrupted to make an official declaration of his candidacy under strong security cover.
It will be recalled that over 25 journalists from various media organizations, including the Ondo State Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Leke Adegbite, and his Vice, Hakeem Gbadamosi, narrowly escaped death on Friday evening when police officers exchanged gunfire with thugs who attempted to disrupt the counting of votes at the primary.
Despite the presence of over 100 police officers at the Ade Super Hotel on Ilesa Garage Road in Akure, where the primary was held, political thugs broke in and disrupted the election for more than an hour before APC officials returned to tally the results.