Two governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, Adekunle Akinlade and Biyi Otegbeye have rejected the choice of Mr Wale Ohu as the Chairman of the electoral committee for the ongoing primary election.

The duo of Akinlade and Otegbeye, in a petition to the National Chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Adamu, said they were constrained to petition Adamu and place on record, their concerns about “the issues that threaten to undermine the integrity of the gubernatorial primary election in Ogun State.”

The aspirants recalled that Wale Ohu was the Chairman of the Ward, Local, and State Congress Committees in Ogun State in 2021.

“The three congresses ended in controversies and deepened the cleavages within the APC in Ogun State. It is noteworthy that the crisis emanating from the congresses featured prominently before the National Reconciliation Committee of the APC under the able leadership of your good self.

“It was therefore surprising that the same man, Mr. Wale Ohu was again appointed to serve as Chairman of the gubernatorial primary election in Ogun State. It is intriguing that out of the millions of members of the APC nationwide, Mr. Ohu is having an exclusive preserve of chairmanship of all congresses in Ogun State,” they said.

According to the aspirants, APC members, who they said had bitterly complained about the partisan conduct of Ohu in all the congresses he had superintended in Ogun State were not comfortable with the choice of Ohu as the Chairman of the election panel.

“By his antecedents, we do not believe that he has the capacity to conduct an objective and impartial gubernatorial primary election,” they added.

In the same vein, the Yewa indigenes lamented that despite following the guidelines for the conduct of congresses in the APC that aspirants should pay a prescribed fee for delegate forms, “no forms were made available” to them.

They revealed that “only one aspirant collected all the delegate forms in the state, thus hedging the entire process in his favour.”

“Your Excellency may wish to note that a few hours before the scheduled primaries, no list of delegates for the primary election has been formally published nor did the Primary Election Committee members meet with us in line with standard procedures.

“This has spurred speculations that the list to be used for the exercise is a disputed list of delegates. Our members are aggrieved about this.

“Against this background, we wish to inform Your Excellency that we have no confidence in the choice of Chairman of the election panel and have fears and reservations about the list of delegates to be used for the exercise.

“The above notwithstanding, we shall be participating in the primary election because of our loyalty to the party and respect for its leadership.

However, we wish to place our concerns on record,” the statement concluded.

Ogun APC Primary: Akinlade, Otegbeye reject electoral chairman, fault delegates list