Of Lateef Dada, Osogbo
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Appeals Committee for the State Assembly and Senate Primary Elections in Osun State has recommended the cancellation and re-run of the primary elections for the House of Representatives in the constituency Federal of Iwo/Olaoluwa/Ayedire.
The Chairman, Secretary and a committee member, Abdulfatai Adesina, Dr. Edward Adie and Hon. Yemisi Afolabi, respectively, gave the recommendation based on the petition of an aspirant, Lukman Bello.
In the committee report obtained by our correspondent, the petitioner complained about the replacement of genuine delegates with imposters, and the committee agreed that he had proven the allegation of manipulation of the delegate list.
The committee noted that the petitioner presented evidence of the authentic list of ad hoc delegates elected to vote in the primaries and the manipulated list of delegates used for the election.
“The petitioner was able to identify the authentic delegates who were removed from the authentic list. He went further by presenting the names of said alleged fake delegates who voted.
“He also presented copies of his petition which he submitted to the state party office and to the police before and after the election. This means he protested on Election Day,” the report adds.
The committee recommended that the federal constituency of Iwo/Olaoluwa/Ayedire for the House of Representatives be canceled and that a new ballot be held as deemed appropriate by the National Working Committee, noting that the NWC has the final say on any election.