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Aregbesola protests as Oyetola wins Osun APC guber primary election

Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun state has been cleared by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest the second-term governorship election.

This is as he emerged winner of the APC gubernatorial primary with 222,169 votes defeating Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, a loyalist of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who polled 12,921 votes.

According to Abdulrasak Abdulrahman, the Chairman of the primary election committee and governor of Kwara state, the total number of registered voters for the exercise is 408,697, those accredited for the exercise is 247, 207, while total vote cast and valid votes is 235550.

Meanwhile, Aregbesola reacting to the conduct of the election through his media aide, Sola Fasure, said the process was manipulated to favour the governor against all known guidelines of the party.

Fasure said; “We have received and continue to receive reports of the shenanigans of the officials who conducted the sham of an election.

“We have been inundated with reports state-wide of how names were expunged from the party’s voters register, which was not made available until this morning, contrary to the convention of making the list available to the candidates before the election”, he said.

“We have heard of how party registration cards were being hawked this morning to supporters of the state governor.

“We have also received reports of how accreditation was not done at all in many wards and how people without the party identification just participated and queued behind the governor in many polling units.

“We have received the report from our members and independent observers, how government officials and notable supporters of the governor officiated in the election, how votes were farcically counted in favour of the governor and how the votes recorded for him were more than the number of voters accredited ab initio in many units.

“We have heard of the absence of result sheets and other vital documents for recording results and vital data. We note also the absence of INEC officials in most wards, casting serious doubt on the credibility of the election.

“We note with shame and much regret the consternation of local and international observers on what they regard as a travesty of an election”.

Aregbesola however said his faction would contest the election result in court.

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