Ogun: Akinlade , Otegbeye rejects governorship panel chairman Ohu

Akinlade and Biyi Otegbeye who are aspiring for the governorship seat in Ogun State under the Platform of 
All Progressives Congress (APC) have rejected the Chairman of the election panel Mr Wale Ohu.

The duo in statement in Abeokuta, addressed to the National body of the party passed vote of no confidence on Ohu.

Both aspirants recalled that 'the Ward and Local Government congresses chaired by Ohu in the state in 2021 ended in controversies and deepened the cleavages within the party in Ogun state'. 

They alleged that Ohun, out of the millions of members of the APC nationwide, is having an exclusive preserve of Chairmanship of the party in the state. 

The duo equally stressed that their members are not also comfortable with choice of Ohun as the Chairman. 

They added that their members have also complained about the partisan conduct of Wale Ohu.

The statement reads partly "The same Mr. Wale Ohu was the Chairman of the ward, local government, 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 the chairmanship of all congresses in Ogun state.

"Our members who have bitterly complained about the partisan conduct of Mr. Wale Ohu in all the congresses he had super-intended in Ogun State are therefore not comfortable with the choice of him as Chairman of the election panel. By his antecedents, we do not believe that he can conduct an objective and impartial gubernatorial primary election.

"The guidelines for the conduct of congresses in the APC stipulate that aspirants should pay a prescribed fee for Delegate Forms, which we did, but no forms were made available to us. Furthermore, only one aspirant collected all the Delegate forms in the State, thus hedging the entire process in his favor.

"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."

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