Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN)
Following the rancor that enveloped the Ondo State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) for several weeks
leading to the National leader of the party, Bola Ahmed Tinubu calling for the resignation of party chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, it seems like peace has returned to the party.
According to The Independent
, Isaac Kekemeke, the state chairman of the party, said the differences have been settled and the parties are no longer at war in the party. He revealed this over the weekend while announcing the composition of a committee to oversee how positions would be distributed in event of the party winning the election, claimed the crisis in the party has been resolved.
It would be recalled that the submission of the name of Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as the party’s governorship candidate in the November 26 Ondo State governorship election by the leadership of the party, caused serious controversy after he emerged as the party’s candidate.
While some aspirants such as Tunji Abayomi and Tayo Alasoadura said Akeredolu’s emergence was credible, other aspirants such as Olusola Oke, Segun Abraham rejected
the exercise calling for a fresh one.
The crisis led Oke to defect from the party and pitched tent with Alliance
for Democracy (AD) and picked
the party’s governorship ticket for the election. But the uncertainty surrounding his candidature is yet to be resolved as stories about his ticket have been conflicting.
Kekemeke at the weekend further stated that the dust generated by the emergence of Akeredolu has settled and the party is poised to win the governorship election in the state.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting held between party’s leadership and the candidate Rotimi Akeredolu in Akure
, members were assured of equitable distribution of offices.
The communiqué read “that we assure party members that we will continue to advance their interest and that such interest would be protected in an APC government.
“We also affirm that Chief Pius Akinyelure is our leader, as well as Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu remains our National Leader. “That the APC Ondo State chapter is one and remains indivisible under the leadership of the State Chairman, Hon D.I Kekemeke.”
The meeting resolved that all State executive officers remain state officers of the party and that all state officers are committed to the party and the victory of the party in all elections including the forthcoming governorship election in the state. The party appealed to all party members to remain calm as the party would soon overcome its present challenges
Meanwhile, Kekemeke during a meeting between the executive members of the party from wards to state levels said ”the APC in the sunshine state is one and united under his leadership. The chairman said the candidacy of Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has also been settled without any dispute or rancour."
He said the party has only one candidate in the person of Akeredolu. “As members of the State Executive of APC, we remain committed to the victory of the APC in the forthcoming election."
Also, speaking Akeredolu said APC is set to start its campaigns today, urging all members to be united and mobilise for the campaigns. He said that the reconciliation committee set up had gone far in uniting all the aggrieved members.