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IMO EAST SENATORIAL PRIMARY:AKEREDOLU’S WIFE INTIMIDATED OUT OF THE RACE

IMO EAST SENATORIAL PRIMARY:AKEREDOLU'S WIFE INTIMIDATED OUT OF THE RACE

The wife of the Ondo State Governor, Betty Akeredolu has been forced out of the Imo East senatorial district race on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Betty, in a statement explained why she opted out of the race.
In her notice of withdrawal, Betty Akeredolu claimed that the decision was necessitated by the brazen irregularities, use of force and intimidation meted on my person and supporters.
She alleged that the process has been concocted to favour an aspirant which she did not mention.
It will be remembered that Betty Akeredolu was allegedly chased out of the Imo State APC Secretariat where she had gone to lay her complaints on the alleged plan for a consensus.

The full text of her withdrawal reads:

NOTICE OF WITHDRAWAL FROM SENATORIAL RACE
I wish to declare my decision to withdraw from the Senatorial Primaries of Imo East Senatorial zone. This decision has become necessary following brazen irregularities, use of force and intimidation meted on my person and supporters.
I have received reliable information that arrangements have been concluded by some high authorities within the party to scheme the whole process in favour of a particular candidate. Delegates are being harrasesd and intimidated to comply with this directive.
I believe in free and fair elections, equity and level playing ground. The circumstances that have shrouded events preceding this primaries have proven to be far from these ideals which I hold so dearly.
It is expedient therefore for me to withdraw from this race which I believe is also in the interest of the party in the state.
I must, at this juncture, appreciate Ada Owere team, all my friends and supporters who stood by me during this period. Special thanks to the delegates who believed in me but were denied the opportunity to express their support.
I sincerely apologize to all those who will be disappointed by this decision. Rest assured that your belief in me is greatly appreciated.
Finally, let me affirm that I will continue to serve the good people of Imo East Senatorial zone and Imo state at large, contributing my quota to development and a fair and just society. Politics should not be a do or die affair. I had earlier stated that if I did not emerge as the standard bearer in a free and fair primary, I would throw my weight behind any of my brothers who emerged.
All I asked for was a level playing ground where delegates would be allowed to express themselves without fear and intimidation. I sincerely hope that one day, we will get it right.
Thank you
Her Excellency Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu (Ada Owere)
First Lady of Ondo State

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