As the outcome of the All Progressives Congress Local Government primary election held across the state on Saturday continued to generate reactions over the disruption and attempt to change Votes scored by aspirants at Acme Headquarters of the party, youths of Oto Awori Local Council Development Area, has raised the alarm that the party is set to announce the incumbent chairman, Ashafa Musibau, who is also an aspirant despite losing to a new entrant, Raji Idris Olawale by a wide margin.
The result of the primary election as signed by Mr Hassan Adenowo the retuning officer for Oto-Awori LCDA and sighted by Newsnow indicated that Olawale scored 4821 votes to defeat Ashafa who scored 2422.
Oto Awori LCDA has five wards. The breakdown is as follows: in Ward A, Ashafa scored 345 while Olawale polled 1117 votes and 4 votes were voided. In Ward B, Ashafa scored 1314 while Olawale scored 472 votes and 33 votes were voided.. In Ward C , Ashafa scored 572 votes while Olawale scored 1414 Votes and 13 Votes were voided. In Ward D, Ashafa scored 134 Votes, while Olawale scored 951 Votes and 24 Votes were voided. In Ward E, Ashafa polled 57 votes while Olawale scored 867 votes and void votes were 10.
According to APC chieftain who craves anonymity, he said; “ the convention is for the electoral officer to announce the results and declare the winner at each level. The councilorship is announced and declared at the ward level, while the chairmanship is at the local government. The role of returning officer is to make returns to the headquarters of the party for documentation, but because of the planned manipulation, they conducted primary election and held on to the results. Who does that?” He queried.
“This injustice and brazen manipulation is capable of affecting the fortune of our party in the forthcoming July 24 local government election unless something is done urgently to remedy the situation “ . He said.
The onus is now on Mr. Sikiru Adenowo Hassan, the Returning Officer of Oto Awori LCDA to do the needful and make the returns according to the results he received from the electoral officer who conducted the primary.