APC Ondo Primary: Buhari to meet aspirants
• Aspirant Backs Borrofice
• Group Endorses Akeredolu, Abraham Alleges Delegates Kidnaping
In a move expected to ensure a rancour-free governorship primary in Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari has invited all the aspirants to a meeting in Abuja.
APC has been enmeshed in internal crisis over allegations that a national leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu, was trying to impose one of the aspirants on the party.
An earlier meeting convened by the national secretariat of the party last weekend, failed to assuage the bickering as many aspirants have vowed to resist any imposition.
However, one of the aspirants, Senator Omotayo Alasoadura, has cautioned the party against allowing the crisis to deteriorate, so as not to jeopardise its chances of winning the November 26 governorship polll.
The federal lawmaker, who addressed journalists in Akure, enjoined the delegates to choose the best among those jostling for the party’s nomination, saying only a grassroots and popular candidate could fly the party’s flag to victory.
“I am not bothered by the rumoured endorsement of one of us. Endorsement, imposition; I don’t know about that. I am working hard to earn the confidence of delegates and get their votes I know that some people are quarrelling and not happy now. But if you look at it deeply, it is the people who also wanted to be endorsed that are now quarrelling; because they failed to get the endorsement, they are not happy.”
Similarly another aspirant, Dr. Olusegun Abraham, has cried foul over some nefarious plans by some aspirants to woo delegates, alleging that those who knew their chances were narrow had resorted to kidnapping delegates.
“These delegates who never knew the intention of the desperate aspirants went for the meeting, only to be confined and never allowed to go home,” he said.
In the same vein, former president of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Rotimi Akeredolu, (SAN); has clarified his statement on alleged endorsement of candidates by some leaders of the party.
He said: “My attention has been drawn to some stories making the rounds, especially on the social media, linking me with some ridiculous comments and incendiary quotes on the purported endorsement of candidates in the governorship primary.
“Those who know my antecedents will attest to the fact that I am a man of courage. For the avoidance of doubt, I did not insult any of our national leaders in APC, especially Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as quoted mischievously in the social media…”