Ondo APC denies sidelining Oke supporters

Olusola Oke

THE Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday, described the allegations of the supporters of the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the last gubernatorial election in Ondo State, Chief Olusola Oke, of being sidelined as unfounded and malicious.

This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Alex Kalejaye, who denied that the party never humiliated or rejected any supporter of Oke.

Members of Oke’s group had last week alleged the leadership of the party of being sidelined in the scheme of things and were never accommodated in the party since they took the decision to return to the party.

But Kalejaye said the allegations were not only false but unfounded, saying the party in the State remains one big family and said “the state chapter is taken aback by this claim, because Chief Oke, a notable personality with vast political experience is well respected by governor Akeredolu and the leadership of the party in the State.

The governor regards Chief Oke as a worthy partner in the quest for the political and economic emancipation of Ondo State.

“It is expedient to state in crystal clear language, that the two leaders are both eager to see the development of the Sunshine State, and are mostly in touch, particularly, on matters that border on the wellbeing of the party and the State.

“At the level of the party, the State Chairman, Engnr. Ade Adetimehin has always displayed profound respect and appreciation for the political exploits and professional attainment of Chief Oke.

“Adetimehin believes very strongly that the fortune of APC in Ondo State would be greatly enhanced with the political experience of Chief Oke as well as his followers at the party’s disposal.”

Kalejaye, however, appealed to Oke and his supporters to exercise patience and assured that the party leadership and the governor would look into all the issues raised by the group.

He said: “the party needs all leaders and faithful to work together, in order to strengthen the party in the State, and ensure a resounding victory for President Muhammadu Buhari, and other party candidates in the 2019 general elections.”

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