Akure - The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo is divided over whether or not to participate in the April 23 local government elections in the state, reports The Nation.
While some leaders of the party in the state want the party to participate in the elections, others have kicked against the idea.
Those opposed to the party’s participation in the elections said the exercise is a ploy by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to deceive the citizens.
The leaders, who spoke at a Leaders’ Consultative meeting at the Akure City Hall, the state capital, noted that the Ondo State Independent Electoral Commission (ODSIEC) has been comprised by members of the Labour Party and the PDP in the state.
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The state Chairman of the APC, Isaac Kekemeke described the elections as a sham meant to trap the party.
However, Rotimi Akeredolu, the governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2012, urged party leaders to allow the party to participate in the elections.
He said this would give the party the locus standi to challenge the outcome of the elections in future.
The meeting was attended by party’s Southwest Vice Chairman, Ayo Akinyelure; Minister of State for Niger Delta Cladius Daramola; former Deputy Governor Ali Olanusi; State Vice Chairman Ade Adetimehin; Bola Ilori; Oladunni Odu; Femi Agagu; Tunji Abayomi; Rotimi Rahman and Abayomi Adesanya.
ODSIEC had on Friday announced the date for the conduct of the poll and promised that the commission would conduct a free, fair and credible council election.
Read more at The Nation.
- News 24