THE runners up in the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries in Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Abraham, on Sunday, denied collapsing his structure in the party to support the governorship aspiration of the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Chief Olusola Oke.
Abraham, who stated this in a statement by his media aide, Sayo Aluko, described the rumour as “blatantly false and which “lacks commonsense and credibility.”
He specifically declared that he remained a member of the APC in the state and vowed not to defect to any other party or give support to a member of another party.
He said: “Contrary to reports all over Ondo at the moment, I have not collapsed my structure for anybody, talk less someone who is no longer a member of my party and someone who I am far popular than.”
He said further, “Even, anybody with a politically sound mind will know that such move has no iota of truth in it. My candidacy enjoys greater popularity and acceptance, both by valid delegates’ votes and by the show of massive public goodwill recently typified by the overwhelming solidarity rally staged by the people of Ondo for my candidacy on Tuesday, the 4th of October, 2016.
“So, how can I then undermine this much faith put in me, both politically and publicly, by collapsing my structure for a less popular individual? It doesn’t fit commonsense and surely lacks credibility.”
He called on his supporters in the party and the state to discard the rumour and urged them to remain resilient and focused on the quest to save the party from the brim of injustice and destruction by some leaders.
“I use this opportunity to reassure my teeming and esteemed supporters that our mandate is alive, and as long as we keep calling for justice to be done, we shall reclaim this mandate and bring practical governance to the benefit of the Ondo people and the pride of our great party.”
Abraham maintained to be resolute in his quest to reclaim his mandate, alleging that the election that produced the standard-bearer of the party was fraught with irregularities, just as he lays claim on having the highest number of valid votes during the party’s primaries.