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By: Ade Adeleke
Ahead of f October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo state, the incumbent Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu at the weekend declared that he will be ready for any mode of primary election that will use to pick the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the primaries slated for July 20.
The governor also dismissed insinuation that he is afraid of direct primary system, noting that most of those advocating or clamouring for the direct primary election do not even have structures to win any contest in the party.
Akeredolu who spoke in Akure, the state capital through the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said he is popular and had performed well to win any mode of primary election conducted by the APC.
Some of the Governorship Aspirants in the state including Hon Isaacs Kekemeke and the Unity Forum leadership chaired by former Deputy Governor, Alhaji Alli Olanusi had advocated the adoption direct primary system, claiming that it was a mode that will enable all APC members to choice the party’s candidate for the October 10 polls.
Addressing newsmen on behalf of the governor, Ojogo flanked by other members of the governor’s media team, pointed out that it was strange that some of the party’s chieftains who are parading themselves as governorship aspirants would not obtain nomination form while others were only known on social media.
The National Secretariat of the APC said it was yet to take a final decision on the mode of primaries to adopt in picking its Ondo State governorship candidate while Direct primary had been approved for Edo governorship primary slated for June, 2020.
Recall that the Independent National Electoral Commission had fixed the governorship elections in both Edo and Ondo states for September 19 and October 10, respectively.
Ojogo insisted that the governor had never openly opposed to any form of primaries and said that “we’ve not come out as a government that we are opposed to direct primary; neither had Mr governor expressed aversion for same.
“We’re not afraid of any mode of the primary. And I’ll want the public to know too that the noise being orchestrated by those in the Unity Forum for the direct primary is to put out a narrative that Mr Governor is opposed to any direct primary.
“In fact, we will even prefer a direct primary. So those who are making noise about direct primary are only wasting their time.
“I have to say this, the truth of the matter is there are no two situations that are the same. Somebody made allusion to the situation in Lagos State. Everybody stepped down for a particular aspirant then and it was a two traffic contest between the incumbent governor and the then governor.
“For those who clamour for direct primary, the message to them is that Akeredolu is more prepared for any mode of primary than those who clamour for direct”
Ojogo who maintained that Akeredolu is not scared of direct primary urged the other camp to keep their house in order and stop pursuing shadow over the mode of primary for the election.
” Does it not sound preposterous that in a camp of very deceitful governorship aspirants or governorship hopefuls of about six or seven who cannot put their heads together that the only slogan bringing them together is direct primary. It’s laughable and that is unfortunate.
“You can’t put something on nothing. What is the basis for their clamour for direct primary? They are very irreconcilable, well contradictory, with very lethal interests against one another,” Ojogo said.