Leaders of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) in Ondo West/East Federal Constituency have dissociated themselves from a report that they were against the declaration of a former Special Adviser to Governor RaufAregbesola on Environmental Sanitation, Hon BolaIlori, as the constituency’s leader.
A statement by the chairmen of Ondo East APC and Ondo West APC, Messrs AkintundeTemitope and Adeala Ademulegun, said “Ilori remains the leader of the party in the constituency.”
The APC chieftains also restated their loyalty to Ilori for his outstanding contribution to the growth of the party in Ondo state adding that they were not the authors of the statement.
“This is to dissociate ourselves and the party in Ondo Federal Constituency from a statement allegedly signed by us against the person of Hon. Bola Ilori who is the immediate past Special Adviser to OgbeniAregbesola on Environment and Sanitation. The party chairmen in Ondo East and Ondo West could never have authored such a defamatory statement against our leader.
It’s strange that mischievous elements could go to the extent of forgery to blackmail a performer. We reaffirm that Ilori has been outstanding in the last nine years. He has been with us through thick and thin. So much conspicuous was his contribution to entire Ondo State that even the hate statement acknowledged his laudable contributions to Ribadu and Buhari campaigns without receiving a dime from either Ribadu or Buhari.”
The party chieftains said the report linking them to the purported rejection of Ilori as party leader was the handiwork of blackmailers.
“We wish to state that the said statement is the handiwork of enemies of unity and cohesion in our party who are certainly envious of the contributions and achievements of Hon Bola Ilori. We wish to appeal to Hon Ilori to remember that despite the good efforts of Jesus Christ, He was still crucified by few enemies of progress. Bola Ilori did not call himself leader, his activities in the party has proclaimed him so.
“We on behalf of our teeming member restate our confidence in Hon Ilori as a promoter of unity and growth of the party over the years. The entire party structure in the Federal constituency jointly endorsed Bola Ilori in a letter signed by 19 out of 22 wards chairmen including us.”
The statement added: “We unequivocally restate our love and support for our leader Hon. Bola Ilori in his enduring efforts to develop APC in our constituency. We acknowledge and respect all other leaders in our party in the constituency, however we shall always show love and appreciation for leaders who make visible, sustained and continuous contribution to the party.
“We are a united party now; the era of promoting discord is over. We call on anyone who is willing to be acknowledge as leader in our constituency like we do for Hon Bola Ilori and others to join hands with the party and not stand aloof, we need the support and contribution of all.”
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