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No division in AD, say national leaders

By Oluwaseun Akingboye, Akure
16 November 2016   |   3:38 am
The National Chairman, Joseph Avazi, National Leader, Senator Akinfenwa Mojisoluwa and National Legal Adviser, Kehinde Aworele, made the clarification in Akure when the AD launched its governorship campaign.
 Olusola Oke

Olusola Oke

‘Oke has no political relationship with Ajasin, Adefarati’

Amid an allegation of internal crisis in the Alliance for Democracy (AD), its national leaders have said, “there is no crack in its wall.”

The National Chairman, Joseph Avazi, National Leader, Senator Akinfenwa Mojisoluwa and National Legal Adviser, Kehinde Aworele, made the clarification in Akure when the AD launched its governorship campaign.

According to Avazi, Oke’s candidacy “ is the beginning of the real change which the AD would bring to Ondo State.”

The leaders pledged to support Oke to win the election.

Mojisolowa explained that the AD was an offshoot of the Action Group (AG) and the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN), which were founded by the late Obafemi Awolowo.

He said Oke was better placed to continue the Awolowo’s legacy, which other leaders like the late Michael Ajasin and Adebayo Adefarati had explored to rule the state.

He added that Oke was the biblical Moses ordained to take the state out of bondage, adding, “Olusola Oke is the grandson of Awolowo.”

Mojisoluwa said while other parties in the governorship race are having internal crisis, the AD was the party to defeat at the election.

He lauded the performance of statesmen like Olu Falae, Reuben Fasoranti and Olusegun Mimiko, who he predicted would hand over to Oke.

The national leader urged the people to vote for the party’s candidate to sustain the legacies of these past leaders.

Oke promised not to destroy but to build on the solid foundation already lay by the past leaders.

But the families of Ajasin and Adefarati have criticised Oke’s claim of political relationship with their fathers.

The children of the two late leaders, Mrs Jumoke Ajasin-Anifowoshe and Mr. Gboyega Adefaranti, in a statement in Akure yesterday, cautioned Oke against using their families’ names for political reasons.