ONDO State Independent National Electoral Commission has disclosed that voting and accreditation in the November governorship election in the state would hold simultaneously The State Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Olusegun Agbaje disclosed this yesterday in Akure, the state, capital while briefing journalists on preparations to the election. He said the commission had put in place a voting process where accreditation and voting would go simultaneously to save time and the rigours of waiting as in the case of previous arrangements by the commission. The commissioner also disclosed that full preparation for the smooth conduct of the election was ongoing, as various stakeholders in the state were already getting ready to play their roles in the election. Agbaje warned that any electoral offender caught during the election would be prosecuted as stipulated in the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), and that the commission had also put in place a solid security arrangement with the police to prosecute such offenders He appealed to the political parties and politicians to exercise restraint in their pronouncements and avoid getting involved in verbal wars and inflammatory comments capable of igniting political tension that could provoke rancour and threat to peaceful conduct of the election. The electoral boss assured all political parties that the commission would provide a level playing ground for them during the election. APC panel nullifies Akeredolu’s victory at Ondo governorship primary Primary Appeal Committee of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State has recommended the annulment of the exercise that produced Rotimi Akeredolu as the party’s candidate for the November 26 governorship election. Akeredolu, who polled 699 votes, was declared winner of the primary which took place on September 3, by the chairman of the APC election committee and governor of Jigawa State, Mohammed Abubakar. All the aspirants who participated in the primary subsequently congratulated Akeredolu and expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the exercise. Two days after the election, Akeredoul’s main rival who came second in the election, Olusegun Abraham issued a statement pledging support for the party’s candidate. However, on September 7, Abraham made a u-turn, calling for the cancellation of the exercise over alleged irregularities. Olusola Oke and Ajayi Boroffice, who emerged third
and fourth respectively, also demanded the annulment of Akeredolu’s victory. In all, the committee chaired by Hellen Bendega received six petitions and after examining them, upheld the prayers of those seeking the nullification of the exercise. The committee also recommended that a rerun primary should be held immediately to beat the deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Committee, INEC. The panel also suggested that the party’s national leadership should revert to the earlier delegates list which was distributed to aspirants in Abuja. It said a final and properly harmonised list acceptable to all contenders should be compiled, adding that the delegates list should be released not on the eve of the primary, but much earlier to give sufficient time for the take-off of elections to avoid being used in favour of any aspirant.

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