Ondo 2020: APC attacks PDP Guber Aspirant Bode Ayorinde

By: Ade Adeleke

Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) today described as unsolicited, puerile, and uncharitable the malice-induced assessment of its viability by a governorship aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP), Hon Bode Ayorinde.

In a Press Statement signed by the ruling party’s Publicity Secretary, Alex Kalejaye, APC said it was amazing that a man with Ayorinde’s education could claim that the APC is not in charge.

Ayorinde had said in an interview with newsmen, “I was a member of the constitution drafting committee of the APC and also a member of the National Executive Council, the highest organ of the party for four years.

“I served as a member of the House of Representatives under the APC. I knew that the APC as presently constituted lacks internal democracy. The internal democracy is the major problem of the APC. There is always a big man somewhere and when you are running the race and you are about to win, you will be asked to stop. They will bring someone from the back seat to replace you.

“That is the bane of the APC. In the last congress of the APC, the congress did not hold anywhere. There was not even any consensus. People just sat down and wrote the names of the people that will administer the party at all levels and that cannot go down well with me as a lawyer.

“Nobody of sound mind who has integrity can flow in the APC unless you are tied to the apron string of a godfather. Until you have a godfather in the APC, you cannot be allowed to serve the nation. But in the PDP which is the next major party in Nigeria, it is a leveller. The way you lay your bed is the way you will sleep on it. There are leaders, but no leader can hold the party to ransom in the PDP, particularly in Ondo State.

“As I joined the race barely 100 days to the primary, if I run very well, I can overtake those who have been running. It is due to my ability, which is not the case in the APC. The major reason I prefer the PDP to the APC is because there are no masquerades in the PDP that will intimidate you,” Ayorinde said.

However, the APC Spokesman, Alex Kalejaye noted that the comment by the PDP Aspirant betrays his crippled knowledge of events in the state.

“It is pertinent to emphasise that the ruling party is not only in power but firmly in charge of its affairs in its entirety in the state.

Kalejaye said “the state chapter is more robust and united now than any period in the past. There are no teams, as reffered to by Ayorinde in his interview.

“Efforts are being injected to further fortify the structures at various levels, to ensure easy ride to victory at the governorship election later this year.

The APC spokesman opined that, “In his desperation to return to the House of Representatives, Mr. Ayorinde willingly plunged into a political misadventure. He lost the election to a more acceptable candidate of the APC, Hon. Timehin Adelegbe.

“It would be naive of us to expect a bitter mind to applaud what the APC-led government has thus far achieved in Ondo State, but we expect an aspirant that sincerely craves industrialisation to appreciate the unprecedented attention on road network in the last three years. The industrial hub in Ore has been described as a bold step to massive industrial efforts in the state.

“It is curious that Mr. Ayorinde devoted much of his precious time analysing a party he willingly dumped for personal ambition.

“The state chapter would be gracious enough to readmit him, if he perceives, intuitively, that there are better hope and future for him in APC. Otherwise, we advise him to concentrate his energies on his governorship ambition,” Kalejaye said.

Below is the full text of the APC press statement;

PRESS RELEASE

CONCENTRATE ON YOUR MISADVENTURE, ONDO APC CHIDES PDP CHIEFTAIN

Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) describes as unsolicited, puerile, and uncharitable the malice-induced assessment of its viability by a governorship aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party ( PDP), Mr. Bode Ayorinde.

It is amazing that a man with Ayorinde’s education could claim that the party is not in charge. This betrays his crippled knowledge of events in the state.

It is pertinent to emphasise that the ruling party is not only in power but firmly in charge of its affairs in its entirety in the state.

The state chapter is more robust and united now than any period in the past. There are no teams, as reffered to by Ayorinde in his interview. Efforts are being injected to further fortify the structures at various levels, to ensure easy ride to victory at the governorship election later this year.

In his desperation to return to the House of Representatives, Mr. Ayorinde willingly plunged into a political misadventure. He lost the election to a more acceptable candidate of the APC, Hon. Timehin Adelegbe.

It would be naive of us to expect a bitter mind to applaud what the APC-led government has thus far achieved in Ondo State, but we expect an aspirant that sincerely craves industrialisation to appreciate the unprecedented attention on road network in the last three years. The industrial hub in Ore has been described as a bold step to massive industrial efforts in the state.

It is curious that Mr. Ayorinde devoted much of his precious time analysing a party he willingly dumped for personal ambition.

The state chapter would be gracious enough to readmit him, if he perceives, intuitively, that there are better hope and future for him in APC. Otherwise, we advise him to concentrate his energies on his governorship ambition.

Signed
Alex Kalejaye,
Publicity Secretary,
Ondo State APC.

11th May, 2020

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