AKURE – THE All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State, has described the affirmation of the elections that ushered them into office by an Ondo State High Court on Monday as a victory for democracy and rule of law.
In a statement, on Tuesday, the Party’s Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Steve Otaloro said the Judiciary has indeed proven to be the last hope of the common man, hailing the judge for refusing to bow to intimidation and harassment from the opposition.
The party, however, appealed to all aggrieved members that had left to return to the party in the interest of the State.
The Statement reads in part: “The Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure has dismissed the suit filed by one Idowu Otetubi and Gani Muhammed in which the both have laid claim to the leadership of the APC in Ondo State. This is a welcome development, a victory for democracy and the rule of law.
“we were very delighted when we heard the court ruling which went in favour of our Chairman, Engineer Ade Adetimehin. This ruling has reinforced our consistent claim that Engineer Adetimehin was duly and overwhelmingly elected at the last APC congress to lead the party in the State.
This court ruling would go a long way towards setting the tone for the rebuilding process in the aftermath of the Party primary and place it in good stead for the next year general election.
“The Court has clearly asserted the independence of the judiciary in Nigeria. The outcome of the judgement has once again rekindled the hope of an average Nigerian in the judiciary, as the last hope of the common man.
“It should be noted that the crises within our party were externally influenced and orchestrated by those who were afraid of the soaring popularity of the governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and the APC-led government in the state. These cabals are the ones sponsoring Mr Idowu Otetubi and his gangs against the party. We thank God that truth has prevailed.
“Therefore, we would like to use this medium to advise those who decamped from the Party to return and be part of the rebuilding process we have embarked on.
“Those who were misled to leave the party as a result of the differences created by the primary election are welcome back if they are sincere in such intent. If their hearts are still with the APC, they should return, but if not, they should remain where they are.
“The court ruling should be seen as a no victor, no vanquished thing. It is a victory for democracy and the rule of law.
“We urge party supporters and those that are affected in one way or the other to bury every sentiment and rally round the party with love.
“All members of our party should know that the interest of the party is far greater than individual interest and they should all strive for total victory in the coming poll.
“If you lose out today, tomorrow may be your lucky day. We should all remember President Muhammadu Buhari who until his fourth attempt at the presidential election could clinch the fleece.”