Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, the Chief of Staff to the Osun State Governor, has been declared winner of the governorship primary election under the platform of All Progressives Congress.
Chaired by Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the APC Governorship Primary Election Panel took charge of the process and announced Oyetola as the winner with 127,017 votes.
He was followed by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives came second with 21,975 votes while the Speaker of the House of Assembly came third with 17,958.
Most of the aspirants had voluntarily withdrawn out of intimidation when they saw how Oyetola pulled crowd, as the party adopted direct primary method, where supporters queued behind the agent of their preferred aspirant.
One of the aspirants, who participated in the primary, Mr. Kunle Adegoke, described the exercise as a charade, saying it was skewed to favour the winner.
Adegoke said, “What we experienced in Osun today is not a primary in any way. It was a charade and it was in contravention of basic tenets of democracy.
“I will not dump the party because of the issues. I will remain in the party and correct this anomaly by challenging the process in court.”
He lamented that the party conducted the primary without a verifiable membership data base despite using the direct primary method instead of a delegate system.
He also alleged that hoodlums were used to harass and coerce members of the party to vote for Oyetola and that those that resisted were beaten by the thugs.
The Senator representing the Osun East Senatorial District, Babajide Omoworare; Secretary to the Osun State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti; and the Chairman of the Osun State Local Government Service Commission, Mr. Peter Babalola, had withdrawn from the election before its commencement.
Adeoti announced his withdrawal from the primary in a statement made available to our correspondent by the Director of Media and Publicity, Moshood Adeoti Campaign Organisation, Mr. Kayode Agbaje.
Omoworare’s decision not to participate in the exercise was contained in a statement by his Director of Communications, Mr. Tunde Dairo, while Babalola’s decision to boycott the election was monitored on Rave FM, an Osogbo-based private radio station.
Adeoti’s statement partly read, “Alhaji Moshood Adeoti has formally withdrawn his participation from today’s governorship primary of the party. His withdrawal is based on his decision not to add credibility to a skewed and jaundiced process already designed to favour an anointed aspirant.”