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Politics of Wednesday, 29 June 2022


APC Primary: 17 delegates returned money I gave them – Senator Oloriegbe

Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe

Lawmaker representing Kwara Central district, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, has said that some delegates who he gave funds for logistics during the party’s Senatorial primaries have refunded his money.

He made this known in an interview on Channels TV, Wednesday, June 29 whiles speaking about the crisis in the party.

Senator Oloriegbe criticized the primaries process conducted in most states. He also accused the governors of imposing delegates on party supporters.

“There was no congress; like in my state, the governor just handpicked them (the delegates) one night and said we have done primaries and the list came. So, you don’t even know who the delegates are … and this happened in several states.

Even where people are selected, they should be given the freedom to exercise their franchise by voting for who they want, but it was not like that. The governors selected those to whom they would give instructions and some of them took an oath to vote where the governors direct them … and this was what happened in Kwara State.

In my own election (primary), 17 delegates came back to give me money which I gave them for logistics; others did not because they said ‘we wanted to vote for you, but we are not allowed to vote’. There was one of my colleagues in Kogi who mentioned that people came back (to return his money),” he said.

Oloriegbe lost his party's ticket to seek re-election into the red chamber of the National Assembly.