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April 23, 2024

Ondo: APC moves to pacify 15 aggrieved Guber aspirants

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— Ganduje to meet Aiyedatiwa, 15 other aspirants, Thursday

— We’ve elected a credible candidate in Aiyedatiwa- APC state chairman

By Dayo Johnson, Akure

Worried by the acrimonious tension generated by the last Saturday’s governorship primary in Ondo state, the national leadership of the ruling All Progressive Congress, has invited governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa and the 15 aggrieved aspirants that participated in the primary election to a reconciliatory meeting.

The leadership of the party, according to sources, is equally worried about the fate of the party in the November governorship election, if the tension amongst the aggrieved aspirants was not resolved amicably before the poll.

Those who participated in the governorship primary election include Hon. Mayowa Akinfolarin, Chief Olusola Oke, SAN, Sen. Jimoh Ibrahim, Mr. Wale Akinterinwa, Hon. Isaac D. Kekemeke, Hon. Gbenga Edema, Mr. Ohunyeye Olamide Felix, Hon. Olujimi Odimayo, Mr. Olusoji Ehinlanwo, Morayo Lebi, Prince Diran Iyantan, Prof. Francis Faduyile, Engr. Ifeoluwa Oyedele, Mrs. Funmilayo Waheed Adekojo and Engr. Funke Omogoroye.

Vanguard reliably gathered that the national leader of the party, Umar Ganduje, has invited Aiyedatiwa and the 15 aggrieved aspirants to a meeting in Abuja on Thursday.

A message forwarded to the all the aspirants reads ” The National chairman of the All progressives Congress, APC )Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje  send you greetings and well wishes especially at this trying period .

“The chairman is also kindly inviting all the 16 aspirants who participated at the just concluded Ondo state gubernatorial primaries for an important meeting.

Venue of the meeting, according to the message is ” APC National secretariat conference hall and time 2pm

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The aspirants were ” kindly advised to attend the meeting unfailingly. One of the aspirants, Hon Olugbenga Edema, confirmed the invite from the national leadership of the party.

All the aspirants confirmed that they will attend the meeting with the national leadership of the party.

The reconcilation meeting is coming after some of the aggrieved aspirants, have submitted petitions to the Appeal committee headed by the former Bauchi state governor, Mohammed Abubakar.

Vanguard learnt that the leadership of the party was worried about the reports from the state that the defeated aspirants were spoiling for a fight and threatening not to work with the candidate of the party, Lucky Aiyedatiwa in the November election.

The leadership of the party, according to a source planned to appeal to the aggrieved aspirants to work together in order to give the party a good chance of winning the November governorship election.

***We’ve elected credible candidate in Aiyedatiwa- APC state chairman.

The state chairman of the party, Ade Adetimehin, said during governor Aiyedaitwa’s ‘ Thank You ‘ visit to the state party secretariat that “the governor has shown leadership and has done the needful by coming to meet the SWC of the party after his victory in the primary election.

Aiyedatiwa was received by members of the State Working Committee (SWC) of the party.

Adetimehin, said that said the governor has shown leadership and has done the needful by coming to meet the SWC of the party after his victory in the primary election.

“Primary election in APC is a family affair. We have elected our governorship candidate. Now that the primary is over, we must remain the same progressive family and we must all come together for the election in November.

“The last time the Governor was here, he came as an aspirant but today, he has come as the candidate of our party.

“Now that our candidate has emerged, all other aspirants and party leaders must join hands to support him for the success of the party in the November election.

“We have what it takes to win and we have a good candidate. Most of the leaders of the opposition parties are already planning to join our party. We must win in a landslide in November as a ruling party with credible candidate.”

 Governor Aiyedatiwa, in his address, thanked the leadership of the party for providing enabling environment for the conduct of a free and fair primary election that produced him as candidate.

Aiyedatiwa said that the  “Primary has come and gone; all aspirants are winners. It was a family affair of a contest and we are all members of the same family. We now need to put our house in order for the battle ahead.”

He thanked all members of the various committees from the National Secretariat that conducted the election, as well as members of the party for their participation in the primary.