Crisis looms in Ogun State chapter of the African Democratic Party (ADC), as a candidate in the party, Aremu Ajikiolu cried out recently over an alleged plan to snatch his House of Assembly ticket by the party leadership in the state.
Ajikiolu who spoke with journalists on Tuesday in Abeokuta, claimed that he had been duly elected as the party candidate for Abeokuta South State Constituency 2, in the legislative primarily conducted on 3rd October, 2018.
Showing the score sheets of the party, he said that he scored the highest votes of 1,332, defeating two others, Olufemi Sokeye and Olaide Aro, who polled 54 and 832 votes respectively.
Speaking further, Ajikiolu explained that the party secretary had given him the INEC nomination form to fill but some party leaders in his constituency retrieved it (the form) from him on Tuesday.
In his words, “Some party leaders in Abeokuta South, including Titi Oseni-Gomez and Lai Karounwi, told me to sacrifice my mandate for peace to reign.
“They told me that the second runner up in the legislative primary in Abeokuta South Constituency 2 had petitioned the party over the primary.
“All this to me is an afterthought, because I won that primary fair and square.
“I am appealing to the leadership of the ADC in the state to do the right thing in the interest of the party.”
Meanwhile, the State’s party spokesman, Mr. Abiola Odutola in a swift reaction to Ajikiolu’s claims said that the party had set up an appeal committee concerning the legislative primary.
He said there were issues in some areas concerning the legislative primary and Abeokuta South Constituency 2 was among them.
He explained that a petition was written against him (Ajikiolu) and some other people in the constituency.
Odutola said the panel was still looking into the petition, adding that a winner is yet to be declared in that constituency.
Ajikiolu however, claimed that he was yet to be invited by the appeal committee over the matter. (platformtimes.com.)