Reports just reaching us say that 2 men have been caught at the venue of the Ondo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Primaries, with ballot papers already thumbed for Agboola Ajayi, one of the aspirants and Deputy Governor of the state.
It was gathered that one of the men caught is a chieftain of the PDP from Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.
The spokesperson of the party, Zadok Akintoye, confirmed the development, but he however said they were caught outside the election venue.
“Yes, it happened but not inside the hall where the election is taking place. Election is currently going on smoothly and aspirants have been told to warn their supporters against coming close to the election venue,” he told newsmen.
He went on to say that he has no idea of the number of ballot papers that the men were caught with and that all aspirants have dissociated themselves from the already thumbed ballot papers.
When contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to Mr Ajayi, Tope Okeowo, told reporters that the men were caught with “specimen”.
“They were seen with specimens with agents to educate delegates,” Mr Okeowo said, dismissing the development as just mere “propaganda against his principal.”
The state police spokesperson, Tee Leo-Ikoro, said he is yet to be briefed about the development.
A total of 8 contenders are gunning for the governorship ticket under the aegis of the PDP. They include: Mr Ajayi, Eyitayo Jegede, Boluwaji Kunlere, Eddy Olafeso, Ben Okunomo, Bode Ayorinde, Godday Erewa and Sola Ebiseeni.
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