Contrary to the explanation by the All Progressives Congress (APC) national vice chairman (SouthWest), Chief Pius Akinyelure, that the party’s governorship primary election in Ondo state was manipulated in favour of Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, his counterpart in-charge of South South zone, Ntufam Hilliard Eta, has expressed shock at his Akinyelure’s accounts, saying that the latter lied.
Akinyelure had in a statement alleged that the party’s national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun; national secretary, Mai Mala Buni; and the national organising secretary, Osita Izunaso; were the persons behind the manipulation of the delegates list used for the primary election.
Akinyelure’s position, which claimed enjoys the support of six other members of the APC National Working Committee (NWC), accused the trio of using NWC meetings to usurped powers and unilaterally took decisions which their respective offices do not give them the power to take.
But Hilliard told journalists in Abuja yesterday that contrary to Akinyelure’s claims, he (Akinyelure) also voted that the report of the Ondo Appeal Committee should be thrown out.
He also accused Akinyelure of fighting a proxy war to please his “master” because “his preferred candidate lost.”
“Before we met on the last day for the submission of name to INEC, we had met three days earlier. In that meeting, there were two reports before the NWC, that of the Appeal Committee was voted on. That very day, we were 14 in number, not eleven as we have it in the media,” he added.
BY ANDREW ESSIEN, Abuja