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By Unini Chioma 

A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Olusola Oke, has said that last Saturday’s governorship primary of the party was a nullity, saying the national chairman of the party, Abdullahi Ganduje, was restrained by a court of law.

Oke said Ganduje was restrained from performing the functions of the office of national chairman of the APC at all times material to the conduct of the primary election.

Oke came third in the primary after he scored 14,453.

In a petition he filed before the appeal panel through his lawyers, Chief Oke said the primary election was a nullity having been organised, superintended, and supervised by Ganduje against a valid, binding, and subsisting order of Kano State High Court.

He said the primary election was not conducted as prescribed by law and the APC Constitution and Nomination Guidelines,

Oke said there was the absence of a validated membership register as well as a failure to deploy electoral personnel to the venues prescribed for each ward and each Local Government.

According to his petition, “Election not conducted, yet results generated and allocated by Returning officers camped in Hotel in Akure. The results declared were not the product of any election.

“That the APC primary election in Ondo State purportedly conducted between 20th and 22 of April 2024 be set aside for being a nullity, flawed, having been conducted against the order of Court, lis pendens and without compliance with relevant provisions of laws and APC Constitution and Guidelines,

“Since no valid declaration can be based on an invalid primary election, the committee is urged to recommend or direct a conduct of fresh primary to be conducted in line with applicable laws and guidelines.”

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