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Ondo APC aspirants, senator reject Olusola Oke as unity forum’s candidate

News Ondo APC aspirants, senator reject Olusola Oke as unity forum’s candidate

All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

The crisis rocking the fac­tional group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Unity Forum in Ondo State appears to have deep­ened.

This followed the adop­tion of Chief Olusola Oke as the group’s consensus can­didate to contend with the incumbent governor, Olu­warotimi Akeredolu, who is seeking a second term.

The Unity Forum led by Alhaji Ali Olanusi has vowed to unseat Governor Akeredolu but members of the Forum cried foul when Olanusi unveiled Oke as its consensus candidate.

Olanusi in a statement said Oke was picked in a re­port submitted by the Guber­natorial Candidate Selection Committee.

He said the Unity Forum “by the content of the report has adopted Chief Olusola Oke (SAN) as the candidate of the Forum. All the leaders and members of the Unity Forum are hereby enjoined to begin mobilisation across the state for the candidate of the Forum.”

As at press time, at least one governorship aspirant, Dapo Adelegan; secretary of the Forum’s screening com­mittee, Professor Sola Ehin­dero as well as the Deputy Senate Leader, Robert Ajayi Borofice, have individually rejected the purported adop­tion of Oke.

Boroffice, who is the pa­tron of the Unity Forum, has, however, come under criticism for his stance as another group, Unity Man­date Agenda, has accused the senator of working to undermine the process of picking the consensus can­didate before now.

Boroffice had shortly after the controversial an­nouncement of Oke on Tuesday, issued a statement disowning the process even as he urged all aspirants to prepare for the primary.

“The media report sug­gesting that Unity Forum has adopted a consensus candidate to represent the Forum in Ondo APC gover­norship primary election is misleading. The fact is that Unity Forum has no consen­sus candidate, Boroffice said in a statement signed by his media aide, Kayode Fakuyi.

In the same vein, the sec­retary of the screening com­mittee, Professor Soal Ehin­dero, dissociated himself from the announcement of Oke as consensus candidate of the Unity Forum.

“The attention of the duly elected secretary of the Screening Committee of the Unity Forum set up to select a consensus candidate for the APC in the next gover­norship elections has been drawn to a fake report from an unauthorised person.

“The said fake report now in the social media, purport­edly named one Chief Olu­sola Oke (SAN) as the com­mittee’s elected ‘consensus candidate’.”

Also, the Dapo Adelegan campaign outfit has dis­owned the endorsement of Oke. A statement from the office said the process was unacceptable to their prin­cipal.

“Prince Dapo Adelegan was not a party to any meet­ing or decision process to announce a consensus can­didate. To the best of our understanding, the other aspirants are still discussing amongst themselves on the possibility of a consensus candidate.

“Our expectation is that by July 2020, an APC candi­date will emerge from a for­mal primary and will move on to emerge as the governor of Ondo State in October of 2020 by God’s grace,” the me­dia office said in an unsigned release.

Notwithstanding, the Uni­ty Mandate Agenda accused Boroffice of playing politics of divide and rule to frus­trate the Unity Forum.

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