By Dayo Johnson
Akure—YOUTHS under the aegis of Progressives Youth League, PYL, in Ondo State yesterday picked holes in Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s outburst on the senator representing Ondo North senatorial district, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice.
Governor Akeredolu had said that Prof. Boroffice is not representing the party and state in the National Assembly.
A statement signed by its coordinator, Akinsola Olagbegi made available to Vanguard, in Akure, said that Governor Akeredolu is not more committed to the ideals and ideologies of APC than Senator Boroffice.
Olagbegi said: “Obviously, the remark made by the governor is misleading. The remark has the potency to reignite and trigger conflicts and crises within the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State.
“Like the media has reported, Senator Boroffice is a member of the APC. His membership of the APC is not a subject of debate . It is incontestable.
“As the 2019 general elections get nearer, we believe all party leaders and members should set aside individual differences in order to work in unison for the electoral success of the party at all levels. The APC is big enough for all our party members to operate.
“Finally, we wish to express confidence in the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu-led presidential committee that has the mandate to ensure reconciliation and confidence building towards improving cohesion within the party.
“Furthermore, the reconciliatory committee should make Ondo State the priority on the list of states to be visited. The intervention of the committee is essential because the support base of the governor is not up to 30% membership strength of the party.
“This fact was corroborated by the scanty crowd that attended the purported unification rally the governor hosted last Saturday.
Olagbegi noted that :“It is crystal clear that without genuine reconciliation between party leaders and the rank and file of the APC in Ondo State, the party will lose the 2019 general elections.”
Governor Akeredolu had said during a rally, on Saturday, that he does not recognise the senator as representing the state.