April 23, 2024

Ondo 2024: Carry aggrieved aspirants along, Emami tells Aiyedatiwa


Governor Aiyedatiwa

By John Alechenu, Abuja

A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Ayirimi Emami, has appealed to the Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa to be magnanimous in victory by reaching out to those who contested against him in the just concluded party primary which he won.

He urged Aiyedatiwa to seek genuine reconciliation with all the aggrieved aspirants in order to unite the party ahead of the crucial off-season Ondo State Governorship election.

The Governor was declared winner of the governorship primary conducted by a team led by his Kogi State counterpart, Usman Ododo.

He polled 48, 569 to defeat all 15 other aspirants. Several of the aspirants have voiced their rejection of the results describing the process leading to the result as rigged.

While congratulating Governor Aiyedatiwa, Chief Emami said, “The outcome of the APC primary is a testament to the impact your governance has had on the people of Ondo State within the last few months since you assumed office.”

He appealed to the governor to take steps to accommodate party leaders especially opponents who obviously have something to offer going forward.

The party chieftain advised Governor Aiyedatiwa to adopt a policy “Of no victor, no vanquished” in dealing with those who contested against him because the APC remains the party to beat in Ondo State.

According to him no man is an island and the party needs to go into the next election as one united family because the people of the state were eager to ensure continuity in the level of development they are experiencing.

He equally appealed to other aspirants who took part in the contest to sheathe their swords and support the candidacy of Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

Some of the contestants who battled for the APC ticket which Governor Aiyedatiwa won included: the Senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District, Jimoh Ibrahim; Olusola Oke SAN, former President of Nigerian Medical Association, Prof. Francis Faduyile, a mechanical engineer, Dr. Funmilayo Waheed-Adekojo and the National Vice Chairman of the APC (South APC (South West), Isaac Kekemeke.

Others included: Dr Soji Ehinlanwo, Akinfolarin Samuel, Okunjimi Odimayo, Adewale Akinterinwa, Olugbenga Edema, and Brig. Gen. Ohunyeye Olamide (retd), Morayo Lebi, Oladiran Iyatan and Engnr. Ifeoluwa Oyedele.