APC May Cancel Ondo Primary Won By Akeredolu

The All Progressives Congress (APC) may cancel the September 3, 2016, governorship primary it conducted in Ondo State. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) won the primary hotly contested by others.

The primary may eventually be cancelled “based on the recommendation of two, out of the three members of the Appeal Committee” chaired by Margaret Bendega

For over 3 hours on Monday, the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) met and was initially undecided on whether its governorship primary in Ondo should be cancelled based on the Appeal Committee report.

Party leaders failed to reach a decision at an emergency meeting held at its national secretariat. But, by last night, indications emerged that the primary may be cancelled.

Last Friday, Bendega comittee submitted its report to the party leadership and The Sun gathered that while the party seemed convinced that “the list of delegates used for the primary was ‘tweaked,’ no one was held responsible for the infraction. Besides, the ‘tweak’ was not weighty enough to cancel the entire result.

Another source, however, said the party leaders may take a final decision on the mater. Akeredolu won the primary with Jigawa Governor Abubakar Badaru as chairman of the Election Committee.

He defeated Segun Abraham and Olusola Oke. Some have challenged the victory of Akeredolu.

“To say the least, the manipulation of the delegate list, highly skewed accreditation process and the entire processes leading to the conduct of the primary election have cast the darkest stain on the result of the primary election held on the 3rd September, 2016," said one of the camp.