…..Alleges Akeredolu For Demarketting Ondo Political Future
By Niyi Olutunde, Akure
A political group within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Rescue Mandate, has accused Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of working against the chances of the party and President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
The convener of the group, Comrade Michael Olorunfemi, at a press conference in Akure, on Monday accused the Akeredolu-led administration of marginalizing members of the party.
The group however urged the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole to urgently intervene into the intra-party crisis in the state so that it will not lead to the loss of the party and President Buhari in the 2019 elections.
“Before it is too late we urge our National Leadership of APC led by Comrade Adams Oshiomole, to as a matter of urgency, wade into Ondo APC crisis, because we don’t want Mr President to lose in Ondo State.
“All what has been caused by Governor Akeredolu in the state is demarketing the political future of both the APC and Mr. President. In fact, as it stands in the state, Mr. President cannot get 10% votes from the Akeredolu-led government if things continue like this.
According to him, “It is evidently clear to all and sundry in Ondo APC that anybody who is not a member of Aketi group within APC is not a bona-fide member of Ondo APC, a party which has not less than eight different groups.
“This has gone a long way to create unnecessary opposition and division within the party in the state. As it is observed that virtually all the secretly elected Congress members in Ondo APC are all members of the so-called Aketi group.”
He noted that the governor, as applicable in other climes, failed to unite the party and other aspirants after the controversial September 3, 2016 primary election of the party in the state.
The convener, who stressed that “all these are centered on Mr Governor’s selfish interest,” stated that “80 per cent of core APC members from ACN, CPC, CPC, ANPP are not reckoned with by the governor as APC members.
“He rather embraces and accommodates core PDP members who are now in Aketi group in his government.”
Olorunfemi added that the “Aketi group saga has further disintegrated the party in the state” and over 75 percent of APC members in the state would have defected to other opposition parties if not for the love they had for President Buhari.
“This is one of the major reasons why Governor Akeredolu has been seriously mobilizing against the direct primary for the forthcoming party primaries,” he said, attributing it also to his insistence on APC former chairman, John Odigun’s tenure elongation.”
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