By: Oluwatosin Adesola
A group, ONDO STATE SUNSHINE MANDATE, has lambasted Ondo APC Unity Forum led by a former state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi for its reckless attack on former Osun state governor, Chief Bisi Akande.
Addressing newsmen in Akure, the state capital, ONDO STATE SUNSHINE MANDATE led by Ambassador Olusola Iji, said it was embarrassing for the Unity Forum to question the integrity of Chief Akande over his appointment as the Chairman of APC National Reconciliation Committee.
Ondo APC Unity Forum at its meeting in Akure on Tuesday had passed a vote of no confidence on Chief Akande and alleged him to be on the payroll of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN).
However reacting, Ambassador Iji said such reckless and false allegation by the Unity Forum was offensive and character assassination against the former Osun governor who is respected nationally.
Iji said, “while publicly affirming SUNSHINE MANDATE’S confidence in APC NATIONAL RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE, under the LEADERSHIP of former APC NATIONAL CHAIRMAN CHIEF ADEBISI AKANDE as presently constituted by the Presidency, to do justice to the onerous assignment given them, especially in the terribly divided APC in Ondo State.
“It is our expectation that all FACTIONAL ELDERS within APC here, will, in thinking, reasoning, disposition and expression of dissent on any emerging political issue in the Sunshine or any other State, be civil, fair and scrupulously weigh their private or public outbursts on matters capable of wrongly dragging APC LEADERS image in the mud,” Iji said.
Below is the full text of the Press Statement:
ONDO STATE SUNSHINE MANDATE DISAGREES WITH APC (ONDO UNITY FORUM) RECKLESS ATTACK ON CHIEF ADEBISI AKANDE’S INTEGRITY
The attention of the SUNSHINE MANDATE ONDO STATE, under the leadership of HIS EXCELLENCY, AMBASSADOR OLUSOLA lJl, has been drawn to the 11point Communique released yesterday (11.02. 2020 ) by ONDO STATE APC (UNITY FORUM ) led by HE Ali Olanusi, former Deputy Governor of Ondo State.
The Communique signed by Baba Ali Olanusi himself, embarrassingly attacked Baba Adebisi Akande former Governor of Osun State, the First National Chairman of APC and who recently, got saddled with the Chairmanship of APC RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE, as lacking in Integrity and or Character, to lead the APC RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE fairly.
Specifically, Ondo Unity Forum in their Communique released to the Media and by extension to newspaper readers WORLDWIDE, recklessly and falsely alleged BABA ADEBISI AKANDE to be on the PAYROLL OF GOVERNOR OLUWAROTIMI AKEREDOLU (SAN) who is an interested party in the incohesion and poor leadership crises presently rocking ONDO STATE APC.
For us at the SUNSHINE MANDATE eminently led by Ambassador Olusola lji, we particularly the character consider the position taken by the UNITY FORUM, assassinating conjectures contained in their Communique made public yesterday as being completeiy wrong and unwarranted. We totally DISAGREE with the shocking insinuations expressed on BABA ADEBISI AKANDE’S person in the offensive, rude and crude Communique.
While not outrightly condemning the germaine points advanced by the Unity Forum’s Communique, the Sunshine Mandate would however condemn in strong terms the vote of no-confidence recklessly passed on Chief Adebisi Akande by the signed Communiqué.
We strongly believe that His Excellency, Ali Olanusi -past Chairman of a political party,
former Deputy Governor of Ondo State in the recent past and highly respected Elder Statesman ought to know better than embarrassingly travelling along with others on the unpopular road chosen as revealed by the released Communique.
The Sunshine Mandate considers it curious that a vote of no confidence couid be recklessly passed on a distinguished and nationally respected leader of Chief Bisi Akande’s caliber who got appointed by the Presidency to settle the disorganized APC in our home state when our own known leaders failed to so do.
Furthermore, it is absurd for Ondo APC (Unity Forum) to expect the National Leaders of our party to effects Ondo APC EXCO dissolution rightly recommended and agreed on by all aggrieved members in Ondo State including our sitting Governor, Arakunrm Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in July 2019. This, to us, is not constitutionally right to so demand.
While PUBLlCLY AFFIRMING SUNSHINE MANDATE’S confidence in THE APC RECONCILIATION COMMITTEE, under the LEADERSHIP of former APC NATIONAL CHAIRMAN CHIEF ADEBISI AKANDE as presently constituted by the Presidency, to do justice to the onerous assignment given them, especially in the terribly divided APC in Ondo State, it is our expectation that all FACTIONAL ELDERS within APC here, will , in thinking, reasoning, disposition and expression of dissent on any emerging political issue in the Sunshine or any other State, be civil, fair and scrupulously weigh their private or public outbursts on matters capable of wrongly dragging APC LEADERS image in the mud.
Furthermore, we are convinced that no good purpose will be served APC and the great people of ONDO STATE if the lingering party crisis is not resolved within the shortest time possible. We do trust and fervently believe Chief Adebisi Akande‘s Reconciliation Committee will be FAIR & JUST in discharging their historic assignment.
Every reasonable effort must be explored and all public-serving sacrifices made to clearly open the door 0f fair pO|itica| participation presently closed by Arakunrin Akeredolu’s administration to majority of APC members in ‘Ondo State.
Finally, we call on all disillusioned, sidelined and forgotten Leaders, members, friends and supporters of APC in Our dear Ondo State not to lose hope. Our sun is about to shine brightly as never before.
The SUNSHINE MANDATE Ondo State under the leadership of Ambassador Olusola Iji is set to embark on the ALL-INCLUSIVE QUEST of rekindling lost political hope and reawakening the forward-moving spirit and beauty of politics in the Sunshine State. The
massive support of the good people of Ondo State is crucial to achieving this Noble objective.
May God bless us all.
SUNSHINE MANDATE….. Ire dee.