The African Action Congress (AAC) said it would take legal action against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for replacing the name of its candidate for vice governor of Ondo with an unknown one.
AAC said this in a statement in Akure on Sunday by Mr. Oluwasunkanmi Oni, Secretary of State Publicity and Mr. Alex Adeniyi, President of the State.
Remember that INEC published on Friday the list of candidates of the 17 political parties that would participate in the governorship elections of October 10 in the state.
The statement said: “The AAC Ondo State Chapter wishes to register its discontent on the list published by the INEC on the election of governor of the Ondo State of the participating political parties.
“It is ignominious for INEC, an organization that is expected to be apolitical, to collaborate with some unrecognized entities for reasons better known to them to alter the structure and constitution of our party.”
He explained that the party on July 25, 2020 held its primary election for governor at the International Center for Culture and Events (DOME), where Prince Adekunle Adeleye was chosen by party delegates as a candidate for party governor.
“Subsequently, the name of Prince Adekunle Adeleye and the selected vice-governor candidate, Ms. Mopelola Evelyn Ibrahim, were duly sent to INEC as candidates for governor and vice-governors of the party, respectively.
“Therefore, it is sad that INEC has fabricated an unknown vice-governor candidate, namely Samuel Tope Omotosho, who is totally unknown to our party, who is not and has never been a member of our party, AAC, either in the state of Ondo or anywhere in Nigeria.
“At this point, we require INEC to immediately remove its errors and replace the unrecognized name (Samuel Tope Omotosho) with the real name (Ms. Mopelola Evelyn Ibrahim) that the party has brought before them or faces legal action.
“Enough of this INEC gloryless act meddling and distorting the internal affairs of political parties, including AAC, every time there are elections.
“We, the African Action Congress (AAC), reject in its entirety the unknown name paired with Prince Adekunle Adeleye, the candidate for governor of our party, as a running mate,” he said.