"BACKDATED BALLOTS AND PUBLIC OUTCRY: THE APC PRIMARY ELECTIONS C

Kwara State Primary Elections Controversy: A Deep Dive into Backdated Results and Public Outcry

In a recent turn of events, the credibility of the All Progressive Congress (APC) primary elections for the upcoming Kwara State council elections has come under intense scrutiny. Reports have emerged revealing that some of the results released by the party were backdated, leading to widespread public discontent and allegations of electoral malpractice.

            Discrepancies in Election Dates

SaharaReporters discovered that while the APC primary elections were conducted across Kwara State's 16 local government areas this July, certain documents listing the winners were dated April 2024. This discrepancy affected the results for Edu, Kaiama, Baruteen, Ilorin South, and Ilorin East local government areas, casting a shadow over the legitimacy of the election process.

         Accurate Documentation Elsewhere

In contrast, the results for Moro and Patigi local government areas were correctly dated, suggesting a selective irregularity that has raised eyebrows and provoked suspicion among the electorate and stakeholders alike.

         Public Outrage and Disapproval

A video circulated by SaharaReporters depicted a large crowd from the Edu/Patigi/Moro Federal constituency expressing their displeasure towards their Representative, Hon. Ahmed Saba, during a visit for the APC council primary election in Edu. The constituents' anger stemmed from allegations that Saba was attempting to impose Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaqs favored candidate, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello Ndamugoro, on them.

         Eyewitness Accounts

According to an eyewitness, the local population vehemently rejected Ndamugoro, believing he would fail them like his political benefactor. This led to a dramatic scene where constituents from Shonga, Sabas hometown, shouted "Ole" (thief) and escorted him out of the area.

            Implications for Electoral Integrity

The disruption of the primary process in Edu Local Government Area, due to the rejection of the consensus arrangement, highlights a significant issue. The incident underscores deep-seated resentment towards the imposition of candidates and underscores the urgent need for a more transparent and representative selection process within the party.

       Conclusion

The recent events in Kwara State's APC primary elections have not only questioned the party's internal processes but also spotlighted the broader issues of electoral integrity and representation. As the state moves closer to the council elections, it remains crucial for the party to address these concerns to restore public trust and ensure a fair democratic process.

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