The youth wing of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Ondo State, on Sunday, expressed its dissatisfaction over the candidacy of Chief Olusola Oke at the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The youths, under the auspices of Ondo Alliance for Democracy Youth Vanguard (OADYV), stated this in a statement by their representatives Arowosafe Oladeji (North), Adenike Oluwadarasimi (South) and Ojo Oluseyi Taki (central).
According to them, Mr Akin Olowokere remained the flag bearer of the party for the election.
The youths stated that they were not involved in the process that led to the replacement and substitution of Olowokere with Oke as the candidate of the party.
The youths vowed to use every legal means to prevent Oke from flying the flag of the AD in the election, saying the mandate was freely given to Olowokere by the party’s delegates.
They said: “It filtered to our hearing lately that our lawful mandate freely given to Dr Akin Olowokere has been turned to a commodity and purportedly traded off to Chief Olusola Oke.
“Considering the effect of this ignoble action on our party which is gradually picking its pieces together in our Sunshine state, we will, to the best of our ability and capacity, use all known legal means to thwart this unfortunate development brought about by the alleged buyer and seller.”
Oke defected from the All Progressives Party (APC) after coming third in the September 3 shadow election of the APC, which was won by Mr Rotimi Akeredolu.
But Oke defected to AD after the party’s National Working Committee upheld the election of Akeredolu against the Appeal panel’s decision that fresh primaries should be conducted.