Former Kogi State House of Assembly member Nathaniel Ojo Taiwo has labelled the April 14 gubernatorial primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) a scam. In a statement made to journalists in Lokoja on Sunday, the former lawmaker stated that the announced results of the primary election were fraudulent because no election took place anywhere in the state on Friday. He called on the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC to review the process and all controversies surrounding its primary election in Kogi.
According to Nathaniel, the primary election, which was meant to elect an APC flag bearer, did not take place in almost all wards across the state and was fraught with irregularities in the few wards where it was allegedly conducted. He called on the party leadership to investigate complaints coming out of the exercise in the interest of the party. At the same time, he appealed to APC members not to take the law into their hands but to explore available options within the party machinery to address their grievances.
Nathaniel recalled that in his Okebukun Ward of Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area, enthusiastic party members were disappointed after enduring long hours and waiting in vain for electoral officers. He stated that Senator Smart Adeyemi eventually won in a landslide in the poll conducted in his ward. He described the result trending in the media awarding victory to former Auditor General for Local Governments, Ahmed Usman Ododo, as a charade.
Nathaniel insisted that the party must follow due process and take steps to strengthen internal democracy. He also expressed his respect for Governor Yahaya Bello, who has demonstrated so much love and support for Senator Smart Adeyemi in the past. Nathaniel was shocked that the Governor, along with Governor Matawalle of Zamfara State and Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon, supervised the Kogi gubernatorial primary election of the party.
Nathaniel urged the NWC of the ruling party to review the primary election in Kogi state and ensure that justice is done quickly. He called for aggrieved persons to follow due process before jumping to the court. With the use of BVAS, he stated that things are no longer as usual with elections, and his party needs to address the issues.