ABEOKUTA – The Chairman of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Ogun State, Olaposi Oginni has warned Dr. Jackie Kassim to stop parading herself as the governorship candidate of the party in the State.
Oginni said Kassim is creating confusion within the political space of the sate, saying the woman risks a two-year jail term if she refuses to stop presenting herself to the public as the candidate of the NNPP in Ogun.
Oginni, while addressing journalists at the party secretariat in Abeokuta on Wednesday affirmed Olufemi Ajadi as the authentic governorship candidate of the party in the state.
In his words, Oginni posited that the woman “fraudulently and criminally” inputted her name into the portal of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), “by bribing some guys who were trained by INEC to help the party upload the list of its candidates.”
Oginni said, “There is no controversy about NNPP candidate in Ogun. Jackie Kassim never participated in any primary of the party. INEC records show her as a candidate. Her name fraudulently and criminally appeared on INEC portal.
“I protested and she was summoned to Lagos. She denied to the leadership of the party, saying she has no knowledge of how her name got to INEC portal.
“To avoid being arrested, she withdrew from the race voluntarily. But, now she is saying her signature was about to be forged for withdrawal. That is a lie from the pit of hell.”
Oginni added that the woman was being sponsored by a top politician in the State, saying they will all fail.
He explained that Kassim’s name on the INEC portal was an administrative error, stating that the error had been corrected.
“Any person who signs a nomination paper consenting to be a candidate at an election knowing he or she is ineligible to be a candidate at that election commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a maximum term of imprisonment for two years,” Oginni said, quoting Section 84 of the new Electoral Act.
“She risks two years imprisonment for claiming to be the candidate of our party. If she doesn’t stop, she will be prosecuted,” he said.
However, Oginni urged the female politician to join hands with the Ajadi to emerge victorious in the 2023 election.
Efforts to reach Jackie Kassim proved abortive as calls to her number did not go through.