Secretary to the Osun State Government, Mr Moshood Adeoti, has accused his party, APC, of manipulating its primary to elect a candidate for the September governorship election.
He has, therefore, withdrew from the primary being held yesterday.
Adeoti alleged that the primary was a mere endorsement of Mr Isiaka Oyetola, whom he said is a cousin of APC national leader, Mr Bola Tinubu.
“The primary was arranged, skewed and designed to favour Oyetola, cousin of National Leader of our party, Tinubu,” Adeoti’s campaign organisation said in a statement.
Adeoti said there was no credible register of members with which a free, fair and transparent ‘direct primaries’ could be conducted.
APC has faced stiff criticisms from aspirants since its chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, announced the use of the direct primary system.
Twelve of the 17 governorship aspirants criticised the move, saying there was no comprehensive register of APC members across Osun State.
The direct primary means all card-carrying members of APC are eligible to vote.
APC used the system for the first time. The recent one in Ekiti was done through voting by delegates, mostly party officials and government appointees.
Adeoti also alleged that a “cooked-up register comprising handpicked persons loyal to the emergence of Oyetola was computed, and printed in a firm owned by Oyetola in Lagos.”
Oyetola is the current chief of staff to outgoing governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola.
Adeoti’s campaign said the entire facilities of government in Osun State were used in favour of Oyetola.
Governor Aregbesola gave clear instructions to exclude other contenders from the race, the statement said.
Another aspirant and current senator, Mr Babajide Omoworare had earlier withdrawn from the race.
“This development is with the ultimate view of ensuring party cohesion and for All Progressives Congress to secure victory at September 22nd governorship election in the state,” an aide to Omoworare’s said.
Oyetola, according to reports late last night, has won the primary with a landslide.