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Kekemeke debunks Adelabu’s claim over Tinubu’s endorsement

By Seye Olumide
05 August 2022   |   12:16 am
tional Vice Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Southwest zone, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, has debunked claims by the flag bearer of Accord Party for the 2023 governorship election in Oyo State, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu and his supporters that presidential candidate of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Isaac Kekemeke

I didn’t hold any meeting with Aselabu says Adeoye

National Vice Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Southwest zone, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, has debunked claims by the flag bearer of Accord Party for the 2023 governorship election in Oyo State, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu and his supporters that presidential candidate of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, endorsed his (Adelabu) defection to his new platform.

Kekemeke, who addressed the media at the party’s Secretariat in Ibadan when the Senator Femi Lanlehin’s 24-man Reconciliation Committee submitted its report to the Southwest Zonal Executive, said Senator Teslim Folarin remain the Oyo APC governorship candidate and that he (Folarin) has the backings of all the structures of the party, from the presidency, the National Working Committee (NWC), Southwest Zonal Executive, Oyo State executive and others, to fly the party’s flag in the next governorship election.

Adelabu, left APC after he lost in the governorship primary to Folarin. He was affirmed on Wednesday as the new governorship candidate by Accord Party when Mr. Ayodele Oyajide, who won the party’s primary stepped down.

There are reports in which Adelabu claimed that Tinubu was aware and also endorsed his defection to Accord Party.

According to Kekemeke, “That was a false assertion by Adelabu. It can not be true and it never happened and will never happen. The only candidate known in the party at the National level, Zonal level and State level is the party’s candidate, Senator Teslim Folarin, no other candidate. How will a presidential candidate of our own party and National leader support another candidate in another party. It is a big lie, it is not possible.”

MEANWHILE, a former Commissioner for Water Resources and Board Member, Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe State, Azeez Adewale Adeoye, whose name was listed among the Unity Forum members that met with Adelabu over the defection to Accord party, has debunked having anything to do with Adelabu, the unity Forum and or anybody over Accord party or defection to any party.

A report recently circulated, which claimed that some top members of APC Unity Forum in Oyo met with Adelabu and endorsed his movement to Accord Party, mentioned Adeoye as part of the meeting.

He however said the story came to him as a shock and hereby strongly refuted it and warned anybody against dropping his name without seeking his consent.

He said, “ This story came to me with rude shock. I am never part of it, nor attended such meeting. I am still a very referred strong and loyal chieftain of my dear party, APC. I strongly back both the State Chairman, Omodewu and Senator Folarin, my gubernatorial candidate for 2023 elections and I also state clearly that I am an unrepentant follower of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”

Adeoye, who hail from Ibarapa Central/North Federal Constituency, said APC is a party to beat in the next governorship election. “My appeal is all those who had left the progressives fold out if annoyance should return. There is still enough time for us to blend and work together before the election.”