Violence mars APC primaries in Ondo as thugs beat up security personnel
The All Progressives Congress’s House of Representatives election primary in some federal constituencies of Ondo State was marred by violence.
Thugs in Akure South/Akure North Federal Constituency disrupted the election by chasing away delegates and electoral officers from the polling station.
The election took place in Akure, the state capital, at the Ade Super Hotel.
The men of the security personnel deployed to the election venue were overwhelmed by the thugs who invaded the venue.
While other miscreants descended on the voters and delegates, the political thugs forced their way into the hall, beating the security at the entrance and stealing the ballot box from the agents before the security operatives could stop them.
“After the voting was completed, the Returning Officer sorted the ballots sheet and counting was about to begin when the thugs entered the hall, even the large number of police and NSCDC men could not stop them,” an eyewitness told reporters. That’s how the process came to a halt.
The thugs took to the main road, firing gunshots and causing traffic and pedestrian disruption.
Shops and homes in the area rushed to close their doors.
Thugs attacked journalists who were present at the polling station.
The Returning Officer of the election, Mr Adeyemi Akola, declared a former member of the House of Representatives, Mr Derin Adesida, as the winner of the primary, having received 68 votes to defeat the incumbent, Mayokun Alade-Lawson, who received 37 votes, about thirty minutes after the thugs had been chased away.
The same ugly incident occurred in the Idanre/Ifedore Federal Constituency, where voting was suspended after the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Bamidele Oloyeloogun, claimed that the incumbent lawmaker’s agent, Mr Tajudeen Adefisoye, assaulted his agent and was rushed to the hospital for medical treatment.
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The election has been halted, according to the speaker.
The election, however, continued after a few minutes.
The incumbent, Tajudeen Adefisoye, was defeated by the speaker, who received 70 votes to his three.
Timehin Adelegbe, the lawmaker representing Owo/Ose Federal Constituency, defeated Dr Abiola Oshodi with 101 votes to 9 votes.
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In the Ondo West/East Federal Constituency, Hon. Abiola Makinde defeated three other candidates, winning with 96 votes, 9 votes for Olumbe Akinkugbe, and no votes for Babajide Akinwolere.
As of 8 p.m. last night, elections in other federal constituencies were still underway.