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CSO Decries Osun APC Guber Primary Election Says It’s Marred With Irregularities

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A civil society organization, the Centre for Development Democracy and Good Governance In Nigeria which observed the last Saturday’s governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress , APC , in Osun State has described the exercise as one full of irregularities.

The civil society group, while address the press at the NUJ Correspondents’ chapel on Monday in Osogbo, state capital of Osun, said the Osun APC primary exercise fell short of acceptable international standard.

According to the CSO, the APC primary was grossly marred by violence, issues of electoral irregularities, lack of sensitive materials like result sheet, operational and logistical challenges, security issues among others.

The leader of the team, Patrick Usman while presenting a communique on their observation of the election, said the election was bias, recommending that the national secretariat of the APC should investigate the irregularities reported in the election.

He said lot of the APC members were defranchised in some wards adding that there were lack of accreditation in the wards where they observed the election, non-availability of result sheet, among others.

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The communique reads in part: “We the civil society groups arrived Osun State on Thursday, February 17, to observe the APC governorship primary election in the state. We also observed the stakeholders meeting at the APC party secretariat on Friday, 18th of February, 2022.

“The three aspirants: His Excellency, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, Rt.Hon Lasun Yusuf and Alhaji Moshood Adeoti were in attendant. The committee assured them of a level playing ground.

“This is our observation on the APC governorship primary in Osun State and we will like to present it to the public. The observation is being presented by the coalition of observer team.

“In majority of the wards where we visited in the affected local governments, there was no accreditation. In few places where accreditation held, it was a shambolic show, filled with pretence. Ward 15, Oyan, Odo-Otin LG, Ward 5, Apomu, Isokan LG, Ward 8, Ilesa East LG, Ward 8, Ayetoro, Osogbo LG, Ward 2, 4 and 5 also in Osogbo LG and other places are example of this irregularities.
“Our team observed and note that there was generally non-availability of result sheets at the wards where we observed the election. In some cases, ordinary A4 papers and official letter head of the party were used instead.

“We don’t know who is who, but there are complaints from party members that government officials who are appointed by the Governor (who is also an aspirant in the election) were used as Returning Officers instead of the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). There was no any INEC official in all the wards.

“Violence was recorded in some voting centres in some of the wards. In Osogbo, Boripe, Ede, Ilesa East and Oriade LGs, thugs were stationed at every ward and electorates were chased away from the voting centres.

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“Of note is disruptions of election in Ward 1 (Dispensary, Erin-Oke), 7 (Town Hall, Ikeji-Arakeji) and 9 (Afinbiokin Hall, Ipetu-Ijesa) of Oriade Local Government Area, Ward 7, Ikeji-Owena and Ward 9, Ipetu-Ijesa. There were several gunshots at Ward 7 (St. Johns Pry Sch, Loro/Roye), Ilesa, Ilesa East Local Government Area.

“At Ward 6, Sabo Agbongbe, Ede, a former Chairman of Ede North Local Council Development Area, Com. Mukaila Uthman was shot by armed thugs during the primary election. Election could not hold in Gidigbo Ward 2, Post Office Area, Iwo, Iwo local government area of because of violence too.

CSO, however, concluded that: “The election fell short of acceptable international standard as it was grossly marred by violence, issues of electoral irregularities, lack of sensitive materials like result sheet, operational and logistical challenges, security issues among others.

“Party primaries are to be free, fair and credible as it is the basis for good governance. The election is a mockery of democracy and a suppression of peoples will. The primary election cannot stand the scrutiny of parameters for a free and fair election.”

Hammed Tajudeen is the editor in-chief of Blaze News, holds Higher National Diploma(HND) in Mass Communication, graduated from Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.

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