I’ll not join issues with Olanusi ― Akeredolu

Ondo state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has said that he would not join issues with the former deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, over the crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.

The governor described as unnecessary trading words with Olanusi over the hostile comment credited to the member of the party’s Board of Trustee (BoT) on Akeredolu

Akeredolu, in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, called on his supporters and government officials not to join issues with Olanusi.

The former deputy governor had insisted that Akeredolu has been suspended by the national leadership of the party, calling for the expulsion of the governor from the party.

But the statement read that: “The government of Ondo state has observed the recent media attacks by a former deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Ali Olanusi. In unambiguous terms, Alhaji Olanusi has struggled to sustain and root a narrative that has incurably, continually defied acceptance and logic.

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“As these tantrums against the person of the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN) suffice, several persons have conscionably expressed feelings which understandably, seek to encourage a confrontation and possibly put Olanusi in his ‘rightful place’. We have weighed all these; such are plausible, permissible options in the game of politics.

“All the same, it is not in the character of the Ondo state government led by Governor Akeredolu to join issues with elders, however repulsive their views are. The case of Alhaji Olanusi, will not pull Mr Governor out of this revered stance.

“The art of governance goes beyond providing good governance. It includes tolerating every view whether such is irritating or exposing some form of imposed challenges on the part of anyone who expresses the same.

“Perhaps, it is pertinent to state that failed desires, defeated expectations and jaundiced hope have an effective and potently irreversible way of colouring an individual’s perception of any system.

“Concluding that these persistent attacks could be products of such challenges, we are unwavering in our resolve not to burn the bridge of friendship, unity and cohesion in our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Let all men of good conscience ignore these attacks that are most unlikely to cease as we move ahead.”