The Secretary to the Osun State Government, Moshood Adeoti, has accused his party, the APC, of manipulating its primary to elect a candidate for the September governorship election.
He has, therefore, withdrawn from the primary being held today.
Mr. Adeoti alleged that the primary is a mere endorsement of Isiaka Oyetola, whom he said is a cousin of APC national leader, Bola Tinubu.
“The primaries was arranged, skewed and designed to favour Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Otedola, the cousin of the National Leader of our party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” Mr Adeoti’s campaign organisation said in a statement.
Mr. Adeoti said there is no credible register of members with which a free, fair and transparent ‘direct primaries’ could be conducted.
The APC has faced stiff criticisms from aspirants since its chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, announced the use of the direct primaries 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 the APC are eligible to vote.
The party APC is using the system for the first time. The recent one in Ekiti was done through voting by delegates, mostly party officials and government appointees.
Mr 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.”
Mr Oyetola is the current chief of staff to outgoing governor, Rauf Aregbesola.
When PREMIUM TIMES contacted him, the Director of Media and Publicity of Moshood Adeoti Campaign Organisation, Kayode Agbaje, said: “Yes, it is true, we have withdrawn.”
Mr. Adeoti’s campaign said the entire facilities of government in Osun State were used in favour of Mr Oyetola.
Governor Aregbesola gave clear instructions to exclude other contenders from the race, the statement said.
PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported the withdrawal of another aspirant and current senator, Babajide Omoworare.
“This development is with the ultimate view of ensuring party cohesion and for All Progressives Congress to secure victory at the September 22nd governorship election in the state,” an aide to Mr Omoworare’s said.