The Leaders of the People Democratic Party in Odigbo Local Government areas of Ondo State has protested the primary election that produced Bar Yomi Akinfemiwa as the candidate of the PDP for the Federal House of Representatives for Odigbo/Ile Oluji Oke -igbo Federal constituency in Ondo State.
In a petition addressed to the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, signed by Leaders and Executives of the party in Odigbo Local Government: Senator Meroyi Omololu, Shileola Akingbola, Alhaji Rasheed Adebayo, Hon Alaba Fashogbon, Sunday Falolu, and Lydia Olafunmiloye with a copy made available to Starnews, the PDP leaders alleged that there was no election in the constituency on 3rd of October 20I8.
They also queried the emmergence of Senate, Reps and House of Assembly candidates from Ile-Oluji comminity which they claimed has only 6 wards out of 21 wards in the Federal Constituency.
The full petition read:
“We are the leaders and representatives of the above named Local Government areas of Ondo State under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). We write to protest the fraudulent primary election that produced Bar Yomi Akinfemiwa as the candidate of the PDP for the Federal House of Representatives for Odigbo/Ile Oluji Oke -igbo Federal constituency in Ondo State.
We are contesting the purported primary election on the following grounds:
i. There was no election in the constituency on 3rd of October 20I8. Therefore, something cannot be wished on nothing. We are surprised that result of election that did not take place in the first place was manufactured in favour of bar Yomi Akinfemiwa. Though we are aware that the minority from Ile-Oluji community did a fraudulent kangaroo primary election where bar Yomi Akinfemiwa was purportedly chosen and returned unopposed as the candidate of PDP for the house of representative for our federal constituency.
Our Leaders should know that Odigbo Local Government and Okeigbo community- a town under Ileoluji/Okeigbo Local Government did not participate in that election which was claimed to have produced Bar Yomi Akinfemiwa.
Out of 21 wards under the federal constituency, Odigbo Local Government has 11 wards, Okeigbo town from Ileoluji/Okeigbo Local Government has 4 wards while Ileoluji community has only 6 wards. How could only Ileoluji people that has only 6 wards out of 21 wards purportedly conduct primary election which was said to have produced, bar Yomi Akinfemiwa, their son, as the winner of the primary without the participations of 15 wards under the federal constituency?
How could Senate, Reps and House of Assembly candidates come from Ile-Oluji community which has only 6 wards out of 21 wards in our Federal Constituency? We believe these people want to destroy our party. They are out there to play the spoilers roles and sell out our party to the APC.
It may interest the leadership of our party to also know that the purported primary election of bar Akinfemiwa was conducted outside our constituency in Ondo State. Our leaders should also know that Mr Nicholas Tofowomo and Yomi Akinfemiwa are from the same community under Ile Oluji- Oke Igbo local government. We still don’t understand why a community in one local government under a whole federal constituency with two local governments wanted to produce the senatorial candidate and House of representative candidate for the same party.
Due to the above reasons, we hereby as a matter of urgency call for the cancellation of the purported primary elections to allow our great Party has a smooth ride in the 20I9 general election.
Kindly note that the All Progressive congress (APC) had already picked a candidate from Odigbo local government. The implication of this is that PDP has no major candidate in Odigbo Local Government, and this will directly affect the chances of PDP in the election.
We are calling on our leaders to quickly intervene in this matter before its too late”, the statement added