By Dayo Johnson
Akure—PROTEST on Wednesday greeted the delay by the National Working Committee NWC of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to decide on the report of the Appeal Committee which called for a fresh governorship primaries in Ondo state.
Also, the speculation that the election of Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, as the candidate of the party had been upheld by the NWC caused confusion across the state.
Members of the party in Ondo East and West Local Government areas of the state took to the streets to protest the delay and the speculation that the NWC had upheld the governorship primary that elected of Akeredolu.
Led by chairman of the party in Ondo East, Mr Temitope Akintunde, the protesters said the decision of the “NWC to accept the governorship primary showed that they were insensitive to the aspiration of the party to win the state in the governorship election.”
The party members, who had earlier gathered to celebrate the cancellation of the governorship primary that produced Akeredolu, later turned it to protest on learning that the highest organ of the party has thrown the report into trash can.
They later moved round the town in their hundreds with placards protesting the confusion the delay had caused the party
Placards with different inscription such as “We reject the NWC report” “Let the decision of the Appeal Committee stand” “Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Baba Akande are our leaders”, “Bola Ilori is a hero”, “Bola Ilori thank you for been the voice of the voiceless” “A candidate that disrespect leaders is an emperor in the making’, “Ondo East and West says thank you all’ were displayed.
Akintunde expressed disappointment that his petition which was favourably considered by Appeal Committee was rejected by NWC.
Abraham calls for calm
Meanwhile, one of the aggrieved aspirants Dr Olusegun Abraham, who came second during the primaries, in a statement titled “We are resolute, not desperate”, appealed for calm.
His media aide, Sayo Aluko, in the statement, assured party members and his supporters of “rescuing his mandate via a credible process” urging them to disregard any false news making rounds about the position of the NWC.
The statement reads in part: “As we await the ratification of this recommendation by the National Working Committee, some desperate ones have rushed to the media to give misleading, wrong, unauthorized and anti-party information,in a contemptuous attempt to jettison the ongoing deliberations of our NWC. I urge you, disregard and discard them all.
Mimiko receives APC defectors
Also, the PDP in Ondo State said that a top shot of the APC in Akure South Local Government area has led about 2,000 members to the party.
The party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Banji Okunomo said the State’s Director-General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation in the 2015 presidential election, Idowu Yusuf led the defectors to the PDP preparatory to the governorship election.
Receiving the defectors, Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko commended them for their decision to ensure that the state maintains his model status.
Represented by the Information Commissioner, Kayode Akinmade, Mimiko said the APC planned to privatise the Mother and Child hospitals, Mega schools and Free Bus Shuttle programme if elected to power.