Senator Smart Adeyemi, one of the four aggrieved aspirants at the recently concluded governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State, has accused Governor Yahaya Bello of imposing his cousin on the state. Adeyemi claims that despite the alleged forged result sent to the party’s national secretariat, no APC primary election was held in the state.
In an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Adeyemi described the entire process as a ‘rape of democracy’ and warned that the governor’s nepotism could lead to his son being imposed on the state.
Secretary of the election committee, Patrick Obahiagbon, had announced Ahmed Ododo, the former Auditor General of Local Governments in Kogi State, as the winner of the governorship primary on Friday. Ododo polled 78, 704 votes to beat six other contestants, including Adeyemi who came seventh with 311 votes.
However, Adeyemi expressed strong reservations, claiming that the entire process was a charade geared towards installing Bello’s anointed candidate as the next governor of the state. He stated that none of the INEC and APC officials visited his ward and that no contestant voted anywhere.
Reacting to the allegation, Kogi State Commissioner of Information And Communications, Hon. Kingsley Fanwo, defended the governor, stating that the APC governorship election was not manipulated. Fanwo disclosed that all the video clips of the exercise are enough evidence that the election held and admonished the four aggrieved aspirants contesting the outcome of the APC primary to get themselves acquainted with the party Constitution.
As the controversy continues to rage, Kogi State residents eagerly await the outcome of the party’s investigation into the allegations of irregularities in the primaries.