2020 polls: Owo APC sees me as next Ondo Governor —Adelami

By: Adesoji Adetona

As the race for the governorship seat of ondo state draws nearer especially APC primary, one of the leading Aspirants, Chief Olayide Adelami, has accused the party’s Chairman in Owo local government, Mr Sydney Ogunleye of fueling in crisis in the party, but declared that he remains a bonafide and registered member of the APC in the local government area.

In a Statement signed by Segun Ogodo, the Olayide Adelami Campaign Organization, the Aspirant expressed deep concern that Ogunleye is using his position to bring down members and unnecessarily overheating the polity by declaring him as non-member of the party.

Ogunleye had issued a Statement to disown Adelami as unknown to Owo local government APC, a declaration that has been generating and brewing crisis in the area where the incumbent Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is also from.

Adelami said Owo APC leadership sees him as the next governor of the state.

He stated, “It is unfortunate that Mr Ogunleye who on different occasions has told ward chairmen in Owo local government to warmly welcome all aspirants, especially Chief Adelami who he sees as the next governor of the state, would be willing to be a tool in the hands of desperate and drowning politicians for personal benefits and enhancement.”

Adelami alleged that, “we also categorically state that Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, is the sponsor of violence in Owo town, apparently jolted by his waning acceptance in contrast to the overwhelming popularity of Chief Adelami.

“The unprovoked attacks on Chief Adelami’s supporters and campaign vehicles in different parts of Owo local government are well documented and have been reported to security agencies.”

Read the full text of the Press Statement by Adelami below;

OLAYIDE ADELAMI IS A BONAFIDE APC MEMBER, AKEREDOLU IS THE SPONSOR OF VIOLENCE IN OWO.

The Olayide Adelami campaign organization strongly condemns a spurious claim by the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Owo, Sydney Ogunleye that our Principal, Chief Olayide Adelami is not a registered member of our great party.

We duly acknowledge the place of party structures right from the ward to the national level and of the belief that they should be used to promote cohesion rather than bringing members down and unnecessarily overheating the polity.

While we would have loved to get to the field before we disprove the claims of Mr Ogunleye and his paymasters that Chief Adelami is not known in the APC, we will advise him to be less economical with the truth on our principal’s membership status.

Mr Ogunleye also knows that Chief Adelami as Coordinator of the Presidential Support Committee for the Buhari/Osibajo 2019 project worked with party structures and leaders within the Party.

While we would have expected Mr Ogunleye to have provided a level playing field for all aspirants, especially from Owo, the present sing-song brings many questions to the mind.

It is unfortunate that Mr Ogunleye who on different occasions has told ward chairmen in Owo local government to warmly welcome all aspirants, especially Chief Adelami who he sees as the next governor of the state, would be willing to be a tool in the hands of desperate and drowning politicians for personal benefits and enhancement

For now, our concern remains engaging party members across the eighteen council areas and stakeholders outside the state on why Chief Adelami is the perfect replacement for the present wasteful and deceitful Government that has continued to give our dear party a bad name.

We also categorically state that Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, is the sponsor of violence in Owo town, apparently jolted by his waning acceptance in contrast to the overwhelming popularity of Chief Adelami.

The unprovoked attacks on Chief Adelami’s supporters and campaign vehicles in different parts of Owo local government are well documented and have been reported to security agencies.

We reiterate that we are not unaware of the streaks of falsehoods and evil machination they have lined up against us in the days ahead, but ours is a campaign based on people driven issues, devoid of violence and rumour mongering and falsehood. We will not be distracted even in the face of intimidation. Our focus is to rescue our dear sunshine state from the Present government of the Father, Mother and Children

We shall never stoop so low to the level of physical attacks or sponsoring lies against any aspirant as our principal is a decent and honest man who sees every other aspirants as members of the same APC family.

Signed:
Segun Ogodo, Esq
Olayide Adelami Campaign Organization

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