The National leaders of the Action Alliance (AA) on Thursday, disowned all the party’s candidates for the National Assembly election in Ondo State.
“This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the party’s National Vice-Chairman (South-West), Hon. Adewole Joshua, who maintained that “the party does not recognize the people parading themselves as our party’s candidates in the state.”
Joshua described all the National Assembly candidates parading themselves as the member of the party in the state as impostors and did not have the backing of the national leaders of the party.
He said the party was aware that those parading themselves as the candidates of AA for the election have been enjoying the backing of the Ondo State governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu.
He said “the public should note that Mr. Olatunji Adeoye Felder, Mr. Tunji Abayomi, Hon. Friday Olemija, Dr. Segun Ategbole, and others are not candidates of our party in Ondo State.”
“The truth of the matter is that the governor has no power to interfere with the internal affairs of our party, AA.”
“Nobody can impose candidates on the AA. For this reason and others, the impostors are merely wasting their time.”
“As you are aware, the impostors are not products of any primary election that was conducted by the Action Alliance in Ondo State.”
He said further that “In fact, Mr. Tunji Abayomi, Mr. Olatunji Adeoye Felder, Hon. Friday Olemija, Dr, Segun Ategbole and others are not bonafide members of Action Alliance. Nobody can come into our party through the backdoor. It is not acceptable. The AA shall not accept it.”
“Therefore, if you are not a member of AA, you cannot emerge as the candidate of AA for the general election. We warn the impostors to stop parading themselves as candidates of our party forthwith.”
He, however, said “the authentic candidates of our party for the 2019 general elections are Mrs. Risikat Adenike Bolarinwa as a senatorial candidate of Action Alliance for Ondo South Senatorial District and Mr. Vincent Kayode Adurewa as a senatorial candidate of Action Alliance for Ondo North Senatorial District.”
“The authentic candidates emerged through adoption method on the 2nd of October, 2018 at the level of the State Think-Thank Committee in accordance with the provisions of our party’s constitution.
“Finally, the Action Alliance in Ondo State wishes to categorically state that we shall not allow Akeredolu and the impostors to hijack our party.
“We have laboured so hard to nurture our party to its present appealing state. We are ready to fight the impostors through all lawful means.”
Meanwhile, the governor aides have severally refuted the governor’s attachment with AA, that the governor has nothing to do with the AA as a loyal member of All Progressives Congress (APC).