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Reconciliation Committee: Ondo Aggrieved APC Leaders Passes Vote Of No Confidence On Chief Akande

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By Niyi Olutunde, Akure

A group of aggrieved leaders and chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Ondo state, on Wednesday has passed a vote of no confidence on the former Osun state governor, Chief Bisi Akande as the Chairman of the newly inaugurated APC National Reconciliation Committee.

It would be recalled that the All Progressives Congress (APC) recently inaugurated a national reconciliation committee headed by Bisi Akande, the first interim chairman of the party.

But the aggrieved leaders, operating under the umbrella of the “Unity Forum of All Progressives Congress”, Ondo State Chapter led by a former Deputy governor of Ondo state, Alhaji Ali Olanusi rejected Chief Akande as the Chairman of the inaugurated APC National Reconciliation Committee.

The group made its position known through a Communique issued at the end of a meeting at the residence of Alhaji Olanusi in Akure.

The Communique reads, “the Meeting reviewed the replacement of the Senate President with His Excellency Chief Bisi Akande as the Chairman of APC National Reconciliation Committee and pass vote of no confidence on Baba Akande as the Chairman of the Committee.

“This is because the said Chief Bisi Akande is on the pay roll of Ondo State Governor and Baba was part of the reconciliation committee that met with the party Leadership in Ondo State in July, 2019 at Heritage Hotel Akure where it was agreed that the Party Executive in Ondo State be dissolved but up till this moment, the Governor through some of our Leaders have been blocking the dissolution that was jointly agreed on in the presence of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu our National Leader, His Excellency Aremo Segun Osoba, Chief Bisi Akande, Chief Pius Akinyelure, His Excellency Dr. Kayode Fayemi the Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum and Pastor Oluwajana the South West Chairman of All Progressives Congress.

“The Unity Forum for the umpteenth time at the meeting of today reaffirms the stand and the outcome of the July 2019 Heritage Hotel Meeting presided over by our National Leader Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu where it was agreed that the Executive of APC from State to Ward be dissolved as a prelude to peace and precondition for any party primary in Ondo State.”

According to the Communique, the group also condemned in strong terms, the setting up of an Advisory Council in APC Ondo State headed by Chief Pius Akinyelure and Isaac Kekemeke as the Secretary.

The APC Unity Forum insisted that the composition of the Advisory council did not reflect the real membership spread of the party in Ondo State but the “yes men” and cabinet members of the Governor of Ondo State except in one or two Local Governments.

The group however called on the National Leadership of the party to do justice first to the party in Ondo State instead of searching for peace, saying “this is because if justice is done, peace will naturally return as Peace without justice is like a ‘Peace of the grave yard”.

The meeting was attended by some leading governorship aspirants of the APC in the October 10, 2020 election, including Dr Olusegun Abraham and Barrister Bukola Adetula, while Chief Olusola Oke, Senator Ajayi Boroffice and Engr Ife Oyedele were not at the meeting.

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