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Senatorial Primary Shift Update: Kolapo Kola-Diasi, Others React

Stakeholders in Oyo APC have started reacting to the postponement of the South Senatorial District primary election scheduled for this Saturday.

Radio Nigeria gathered that the election was postponed following confusion over the delegates list and allegation that an illegal accreditation was ongoing at an unofficial venue around UCH axis, Ibadan.

Reacting to the postponement, one of the aspirant and son in law to Late Abiola Ajimobi, Kolapo Kola-Diasi said he hoped the exercise would eventually hold tomorrow (Sunday), expressing confidence that he would win the Senatorial ticket of the party.

On the alleged illegal accreditation, Kolapo Kola-Diasi said he was not aware of anything of sort.

“We hope that we are able to conduct the primary tomorrow (Sunday). Things like this happen from time to time, so it’s okay. I’m not aware, this is the venue we were told to come to and this is where we have been all time. I’m not aware of any other venue that accreditation was being held. 

“I think we have a good chance. We’ve done a lot of work, been working for the past couple of years or so. I think we have a good chance”.

On his part, another aspirant, who is a former commissioner for finance, Mr Bimbo Adekanmbi said he had no issue with the postponement as long as things were done right.

“We understand that the committee from Abuja expressed some degree of discomfort with the crowd and are concerned about their safety and they requested that it be rescheduled for tomorrow (Sunday)”.

Our correspondent reports that the incumbent lawmaker representing Oyo South Senatorial District, who is also aspiring to return, Kola Balogun endured intimidation after unpleasant songs were directed at him by some party members.

He, however, said he was not bothered about what happened at the venue.

“I am a matured politician. I’ve been in this game for quite some time. So, when you are on the winning side, you don’t bother yourself to quarrel. I want the process to hold because I know that I will win”.

“My appeal to the people of Oyo South now is for them to remain calm because we have to have this process concluded before we can have election proper and I know that people are waiting for APC”.

Kolapo Kola-Diasi, Kola Balogun, Bimbo Adekanmbi, Adegboyega Adegoke and Soji Akanbi were at the venue before the postponement of the exercise.

Oluwakayode Banjo.

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