Former Sen. Smart Adeyemi who represented Kogi West in the 9th National Assembly, has raised concerns about the primary election conducted by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State. Adeyemi revealed that a staggering 228 wards had no recorded results in the primary election, and he has taken the matter to the Supreme Court for a legal resolution to determine the legitimacy of Usman Ododo as the party’s flag bearer.
Speaking during an interview with TVC, Adeyemi clarified that his grievances are not directed at Governor Yahaya Bello or his administration but rather at the flawed process through which Ododo emerged as the party’s flagbearer. He emphasized that when the process of selecting a candidate is compromised, it jeopardizes the integrity of the position.
Adeyemi stressed his loyalty to the APC and Governor Yahaya Bello highlighting that he has not publicly criticized the government or exposed any wrongdoing. Instead, his concern is centered on the electoral process itself. He questioned the validity of an election where 228 out of 228 wards had no recorded results, stating, “For anybody to be elected as a flagbearer; you must pass through a valid election. Can you justify 11 ward results before the judges or before the jurists? 228 wards had no results.”
He also expressed his faith in the Supreme Court as a beacon of justice, fairness, equity, and superior reasoning. Adeyemi’s decision to bring the matter to the highest court in the land underscores the importance of a transparent and legitimate democratic process.