Indications emerged that the crisis rocking the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Party (APC) may soon be resolved, as the candidate of the party for the forthcoming governorship election, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, visited the party chairman in the state, Honourable Isaacs Kekemeke.
Akeredolu, who emerged as the candidate of the party in the primaries which was alleged to be fraught with irregularities, has not visited the party officials since his name was submitted by the national leadership of the party to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Speaking after the meeting, which was attended by the 18 local government chairmen and lasted for about two hours, Akeredolu told newsmen that “this meeting is a family affair and we have come together to discuss and strategise on the forthcoming election in the state.”
Akeredolu, who noted that meeting the state party chairman was not too late after his choice as the party’s candidate some five weeks ago, said he was in Abuja sorting things out over the crisis that erupted over the priamries.
Speaking on other aggrieved aspirants, Akeredolu said “I don’t know which aspirants are aggrieved. I only know about one person who claimed he has left the party. You’ve heard several explanations about the election and you know better that the election was free and fair. So, if anybody believed that it was fraught with irregularities, he is free to say whatever he wants to say.
“But one thing is certain, APC has taken a decision on who is their candidate and all of us here, have decided to move forward and plan for our election.”
Akeredolu, who denied any rift between him and Kekemeke, said “The point is that when you have primaries in any party, it must raise a dust. I have told you people that in politics, there is room to have different camps and after the primaries, the dust must settle and all must work together as a party and that is what we are doing now.”
On the issue of running mate, he said “you wait for us and the party will decide.”
Kekemeke, while speaking, confirmed that Akeredolu remained the APC candidate for the governorship election in the state, assuring that the party would win the November governorship election.