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17 delegates refunded me after I lost my re-election bid – APC Senator, Oloriegbe

The lawmaker representing Kwara Central district, Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe, said 17 delegates refunded the cash out after he lost his re-election bid at the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries.

Oloriegbe, who stated this while featuring on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, said the funds given to the delegates were for logistics.

The senator accused the governors of imposing delegates on party supporters during the May primary election which he lost to Malam Saliu Mustaphato.

He said; “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,” he said.

“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).”

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