I will retrieve my mandate from Akeredolu, says Abraham
• Urges supporters to shun governor-elect’s inauguration
• PDP promises to provide credible opposition in Ondo
The runner-up in the September 3 governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC’s) in Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Abraham, has declared that he would employ the necessary means to sack the governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu, and regain what he claimed was a mandate given to him.
He also dispelled insinuations and allegations that he teamed up with the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and its governorship candidate, Chief Olusola Oke, to defeat APC during the last polls.
Abraham, who refuted the allegations at a meeting with his support group in Akure at the weekend, said he did not and would not dump the APC despite the current challenges and internal crisis that rocked the controversial primary, but to fight on to reclaim his alleged mandate.
According to him: “We worked for APC because that is our party. We are members of the big family of APC. People know what we are fighting for. We are saying this because of the rumours making the round that we are no longer in APC and that we worked for AD during the last governorship election.
“We are not supporting AD. We are not members of any group forming mega party. We belong to APC. About the forthcoming inauguration, we are not yet ready for that now. We are still busy with how to retrieve our mandate. Don’t go to where they are going to beat you.”
He said he would relentlessly pursue the course of retrieving his mandate.
Meanwhile, the APC state publicity secretary, Abayomi Adesanya, dismissed any remark by Abraham that presents the party in bad light.
He noted that the APC was a disciplined party which celebrates moral values and places premium on integrity.
“I believe Dr. Abraham is a gentleman and a respected figure in the society. We are enjoining him to embrace the winner of the governorship polls to move the state forward,” he said.
In another development, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State has declared its resolve to form a strong opposition against the incoming APC government.
The party’s state director of media and publicity, Mr. Ayo Fadaka, said this in Akure at the weekend while refuting an allegation against Governor Olusegun Mimiko by the APC.
Fadaka, who denied that N500 million was set aside by Mimiko for PDP members as not only spurious but also petty, added: “The allegation does not in any manner represent any fact. It is a conjecture of wild imaginations.
“It is unfortunate that the APC does not seem to realise that unleashing falsehood does not do its image any good.”
“The governor has not kept any money aside to take care of any member of our party.
“As our party is leaving government, we are looking forward to how we can provide a credible and logical opposition to the incoming APC government.”