2019: Why Buhari May Lose Ondo State- APC Group

A political pressure group in Ondo State, All Progressives Congress (APC) Rescue Mandate, has accused Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of working against the chances of the party and President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

The convener of the group, Michael Olorunfemi, while addressing a press conference in Akure on Monday , lamented that the Akeredolu-led administration is marginalizing members of the party.

According to him, "It is evidently clear to all and sundry in Ondo APC that anybody who is not a member of Aketi group within APC is not a bona-fide member member of Ondo APC.

"This has gone a long way to create unnecessary opposition and division within the party in the state. As it is observed that virtually all the secretly elected Congress members in Ondo APC are all members of the so-called Aketi group."

He noted that the governor, as applicable in other climes, failed to unite the party and other aspirants after the controversial September 3, 2016 primary election of the party in the state.

The convener, who stressed that "all these are centred on Mr Governor's selfish interest," stated that "80 per cent of core APC members from ACN, CPC, CPC, ANPP are not reckoned with by the governor as APC members.

"He rather embraces and accommodates core PDP members who are now in Aketi group in his government."

Olorunfemi added that the "Aketi group saga has further disintegrated the party in the state" and over 75 per cent of APC members in the state would have deflected to other opposition parties if not for the love they had for President Buhari.

"This is one of the major reasons why Governor Akeredolu has been seriously mobilizing against the direct primary for the forthcoming party primaries," he said, attributing it also to his insistence on APC former chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun's tenure elongation.

The group urged the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole to urgently intervene into the intra-party crisis in the state so that it will not lead to the loss of the party and President Buhari in the 2019 elections.

"All what has been caused by Governor Akeredolu in the state is demarketing the political future of both the APC and Mr. President. In fact as it stands in the state, Mr. President cannot get 10% votes from the Akeredolu-led government if things continue like this."

But while reacting, the APC State Publicity Secretary, Mr Alex Kalejaiye, denied the intraparty crisis within the party, saying "I am not aware of any crack in the soul of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State.

"The state governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has so far appointed men and women of integrity into the government based on their contributions to party, and ability to deliver.

"You will agree with me that it is impossible for every dedicated member of the party to be appointed at the same time, considering the limited resources available."

Kalejaiye appealed to the leaders and members of the party across the 18 local government areas to be patient with the administration, assuring them that the appointments into public offices would soon get to their turn.

"As long as we are in one accord, and remain in power, chances are that those that have not be patronized today would take their soonest.

"We only need to stay together and work for the success of the party in future elections. The welfare of our members and development of the state are not negotiable," he said.

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