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By: Oluwatosin Adesola
The All Progressive Congress(APC) Unity Forum in Ondo state, today denied report that it has not picked a consensus candidate that will vie for the governorship ticket under the umbrella of the forum, noting that there is no conflict in the group.
SUNSHINETRUTH learnt that some of the aspirants already screened by the committee included; Olusegun Abraham, Olusola Oke, Ife Oyedele, Bukola Adetula, Mrs Jumoke Ajasin among others.
The forum which has aggrieved chieftains of the party as led by former deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Alli Olanusi, is searching for a consensus candidate to face the incumbent Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in the APC primaries in July ahead of October 10, 2020 governorship poll.
There were two conflicting reports in recent time that Olusola Oke or Ifeoluwa Oyedele had been picked by the committee.
However, the Secretary of the Selection Committee, Professor Sola Ehindero, dismissed such report, saying after three weeks of deliberation, the selection committee is yet to reach a decision or file a report, asking party members to ignore information from the social media or any other outfit,regarding the choice of a consensus candidate.
He said: “the mandate of the committee set up by the Unity Forum is to select a consensus candidate who is credible, loyal and whose track record reflects his or her community and corporate accountability and commitment to self-less service.
“After three weeks of non-compromising deliberations and as at today Friday, 27th of March, 2020, the committee is yet to reach a decision on such a candidate and thus yet to prepare a report. While the search continues, party members should ignore information from the social media or any outfit regarding the choice of a consensus candidate.”
Recall that the Unity Forum constituted a 7-man Selection Committee about three weeks ago to select a consensus candidate among the 10 aspirants who have expressed their interests in becoming the governor of the state.
The committee started work and has been interfacing with the aspirants and examining their blueprints for the state to enable it deliberate on a choice of a consensus choice.
The committee urged members of the forum and the public to await the outcome of the exercise and ignore false news being peddled on social media, which has been a source of various conflicting reports about the outcome of the exercise.