Abiodun Agboola, the spokesperson for the Rauf Aregbesola-led faction of All Progressive Congress in Osun, has alleged vote rigging against its candidate.
Aregbesola, the Minister of Interior, is backing Moshood Adeoti against incumbent Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
In his statement on Saturday, Agboola said its group received “verified information” about vote inflation in favour of the incumbent. He also alleged “widespread irregularities” in the conduct of the election, held on Saturday.
“It is necessary and important to inform the general public and Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq led Osun APC Primary Election Committee of the ongoing irregularities in the conduct of the primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State of Osun,” the statement reads.
“We strongly condemned the conduct of the primary election because it is nothing but a sham with a fraudulent process to favour Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.
“Verified information from the agents of Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, our governorship aspirant, has it that there is no record and result sheets in any of the 332 wards of the state.
“Also, there was no proper accreditation in the majority of the ward collation centres where voting took place. The accreditation done in some places were skewed in favour of Governor Gboyega Oyetola as members of the group were allowed to pass through the accreditation process without much ado.
“Names of a sizable number of members of the APC who wanted to vote for Adeoti were missing in the register of the party. This we had envisaged by calling for the display of party register before the conduct of the primary.
“We also need to inform the general public that appointees of governor Adegboyega Oyetola were used as Collation Officers, which made the rigging plan of Oyetola an easy task. This we strongly condemned yesterday at the stakeholders meeting with the Primary Committee.
“Loyalists and supporters of Adeoti are being chased and some were brutally attacked in wards where they have strong presence. Oriade, Olorunda and Osogbo, Odo-Otin, Boripe and Ile-Ife are the worst of this act of in.
“When results of the election were announced (not recorded), the figure declared for Oyetola was highly inflated in the affected wards.
“INEC officials were noticeably absent in most of the wards to monitor the election.
“This is unacceptable. It is a shame that a sitting governor could result in malpractices in his desperate bid to secure a second term ticket.”
Fracas within the APC has factionalized the state chapter of the party. Aregbesola had accused the governor of waging a war against him and destroying his legacies. While declaring Adeoti as his choice, Aregbola fired broadsides his political godfather, Bola Tinubu whom he accused of playing god.