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Osun 2018: APC aspirant’s name missing in membership register as primaries hold

An All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Osun State, Dr. Ismail Abiodun Saka-Layonu’s name is missing in the Osun State APC membership register as party primary election was conducted Friday.

Saka-Layonu, one of the 17 aspirants recently cleared by the national executive of the party in Abuja arrived at his Olusokun Ward 4 polling unit in Ede North local government only to be informed that his name was not in the register.

The presiding officers, Mr. Taiwo Osunsokun and Mr. Muraina Habib, spent over one hour to no avail, searching for the name in their register.

Saka-Layonu is vying for the sole APC governorship ticket ahead of the Friday July 20 rescheduled Osun APC governorship primary.

Newsheadline247 understands the two presiding officials, however, told him to vote even without being accredited.

But Saka-Layonu, SAN, turned down the offer saying that would be tantamount to using illegality to support another illegality.

In his words, “since there is no document authorising the presiding officers to exercise such discretion, I will not be part of it”.

He, however, implored his teeming supporters to go ahead and vote peaceably.

Speaking to election observers later, Saka-Layonu, wondered “how the same National Executives of the party that cleared and confirmed me as an aspirant, now left my name out of the state’s party membership register? It is absurd”.

When asked what his next line of action will be, he said, ‘I am appealing to all my teeming supporters to go out massively and vote for me.”

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