Party Members Beat Up Ondo Commissioner, Reveal His “Sin” in the APC Guber Primary

Apr 23, 2024 | Politics | 0 comments

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election at Ugbo Ward 3 in Ilaje LGA, Ondo, turned violent on Saturday, April 20th. The incident occurred as Banji Ajaka, the state’s commissioner for health, was reportedly beaten by some angry members of the APC at the ward for allegedly hiding the result sheet.

The commissioner confirmed the attack by APC members. When electoral officers accused Ajaka of holding the result sheet, the angry APC members at the ward, who had demanded it, reportedly pounced on him.

A witness told The Cable that the commissioner was attacked by the party members when an official of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) mentioned his name.

The eyewitness stated, “Honourable Ajaka, the commissioner for health, received a general beating in his hometown as his name was mentioned by the INEC officer. Some INEC officers together with Aiyedatiwa camp compromised the system by removing the reporting sheet from the materials given to them. The place was like an ocean of water for the supporters of Chief Olusola Oke. Ugbo Ward 3 people were seriously angry with the ugly situation as they all believed that it is time for Chief Olusola Oke to govern this state.”

Ajaka confirmed the incident, describing it as “inhumane and unacceptable,” adding that he was not given the chance to explain himself before the members attacked him.

He stated, “Yes, I was attacked because they alleged that I was withholding the result sheet.”

A report by Punch quoted the commissioner as saying: “I was beaten by the people. They accused me of withholding election results, and while trying to explain to them what happened, they just started beating me.”

Meanwhile, there were calls for the cancellation of the All Progressives Congress governorship primary election in Ondo state over alleged irregularities and what some aspirants have termed as foul play. Some APC members on Saturday alleged that the committee, headed by Governor Usman Ododo of Kogi, was biased in discharging its duties.

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