We’re not supporting Tinubu’s candidate – Ondo APC leaders

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Bola Tinubu

Peter Dada, Akure

Sequel to the allegation that the National Leader of
the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola
Tinubu, has ordered the party’s chairmen in the 18
local government areas of Ondo State to support
his ‘anointed’ governorship aspirant, the chairmen
have denied the allegation.

Specifically, the chairmen said they neither met
Tinubu nor endorsed any aspirant ahead of the
August 27 governorship primary in Ondo State.
One of the governorship aspirants of the party, Dr.
Tunji Abayomi, had alleged that Tinubu summoned
all the party’s leaders, including the chairmen of
the party at the local government level to Lagos,
where he directed them to ensure that another
aspirant, Dr. Segun Abraham, emerged as the
candidate of the party at the primary.

The local government chairmen told journalists in
Akure, on Thursday, that they were not ordered to
support any aspirant, adding that there would be
no room for the imposition of any candidate at the
forthcoming primary.
The APC Chairman, Akoko North-West Local
Government, Mr. Rasheed Badmos, who read the
communiqué signed by all the 18 chairmen at the
end of their monthly meeting, affirmed that only a
free, fair and credible primary could make the party
win the November 26 governorship election.
The communiqué said, “We wish to state
emphatically that we, the local government
chairmen of the APC in Ondo State, hereby
dissociate ourselves from the allegation. We know
that if this information that the leader (Tinubu) is
planning to impose a candidate is true, it is not
only worrisome, rather, it will spell electoral doom
for our great party in Ondo State.”
They reminded the party’s leadership at the state
and national levels that the party must not renege
on the assurance to conduct a free and fair
primary.
The 18 council chairmen also declared that there
would not be any alteration of the delegates’ list,
maintaining that the list used for the 2014 state
congress of the party which produced them and
the current state executive would be used for the
primary.
“We wish to appeal to the national secretariat of
our great party to wade in and ensure that the
conduct of a credible primary must not be
compromised and the delegates’ list of the state
congress of 2014 must not be doctored,” they
warned.

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