Oyo LG election: Ibarapa aspirants reject imposition of candidates
Ahead of the Oyo State Local Government election, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) chairmanship, Vice Chairmanship and councillorship aspirants from Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas in Ibarapa geopolitical zone have kicked against imposition of candidates.
They have then written to the state chapter of the party to express their displeasure over alleged imposition of candidates by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the state ahead of the May 12 election.
The aspirants, while resisting the list that emanated from the purported primary of the party held recently in a hotel in Ibadan, the state capital, declared that they were surprised that the governor and some stalwarts of the party supervised the party’s primary in a hotel, a decision they likened to what happened in George Orwell’s political satire, ‘Animal Farm’.
The aspirants while resisting the list for the zone, in the letter addressed to the APC Chairman in the state, Chief Akin Oke, however, urged the party to prevail on the governor to do what is “constitutional.”
In the letter signed by former Caretaker, Committee Chairman in Ibarapa Central Local Government, Hon. Akinyemi Akinlabi; former Chairman in Ibarapa East, Hon. Adeloore Atanda and former Caretaker Committee Chairman in Ibarapa North Hon. Tunji Omolewu on behalf of others, a copy of which was obtained by DAILY POST on Tuesday, the aspirants described the action as alien to “the constitution of the party and that of Nigeria.”
They described the staging of the primary in the hotel as “a form of dictatorship.”