An All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship aspirant in Kogi State, Smart Adeyemi, has described the outcome of the primary election in the state as a ‘rape of democracy.
Speaking on Arise Television on Monday, Adeyemi also suggested that God will descend on officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, if they agree that the APC primary election took place.
Adeyemi said, “About eight of us, apart from probably the man that was anointed, have the privilege to vote. In essence, there was no voting anywhere. What they did was write the result. It was a sham, It was a rape of democracy, It was a disgrace, a betrayal of all those who laid down their lives for the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria
“I have heard of rigging; if there was voting and we allege rigging OK, we will say we were rigged out; but in this instance, we were at our polling unit at our ward secretariat; there was no material; nobody. What they did was to invite the chairmen of the local government areas, including those of them who were said to have been suspended, to be recalled three days to the election; they were given a marching order; they collected the material from the panel that came from Abuja; they went to their closets; they filled the forms; they brought some 10 to 15 people within their compound and area; they said they had voted; and that was the result.
“While we were still standing at our various wards, we contestants looked at each other." It was 11 o’clock; it was 12 nobody; 1 p.m. nobody. We were still there at 2 o’clock when we started hearing the results of the election.
“It is unimaginable." This is a new phenomenon that must not stand because if Kogi State gets away with it, other governors will copy it. There was no election. Ask my colleague, ask the security service, and ask the INEC people unless they want God to descend on them. "There was no voting.”
Recall that Ahmed Usman Ododo, a former Auditor-General for Local Governments in Kogi State, emerged as the flagbearer of the APC for the Kogi State governorship election.
Ododo, who scored a total of 78,704 votes, won the direct primary election held on Friday with a wide margin to defeat six other contestants in the governorship race.
He defeated the distant runner-up, Barr. Mohammed Ozigi Salami, who got 1,506 votes, while Adeyemi polled the least number of votes—311.