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By: Ade Adeleke
As the race for the governorship ticket of All Progressives Congress (APC) hots up in Ondo State, one of the leading Aspirants and pioneer chairman of the party in the state, Hon Isaacs Kekemeke, has declared that the internal wrangling in the state chapter of the party is normal and not unusual in any political environment but that it should be allowed to destroy the party
Kekemeke also rejected zoning of the gubernatorial seat ahead of the October 10, 2020 election in the state.
He stated this while speaking with newsmen in Akure, the state capital.
On the internal agitations rocking the Ondo APC ahead of the gubernatorial election, the governorship Hopeful said nothing strange in the political situation.
He said “there is nowhere in the world, in a democratic dispensation, where you do not have a division in a political party particularly in an election year. In America, the Democrats are divided. The Republican is divided and people want to run against Trump.
The former Minority leader of the state House of Assembly, explained that the people of the state deserve to vote for a more competent candidate of their choice in the forthcoming governorship election without be force to make choice by zoning formula.
Kekemeke also described the internal wrangling in the fold of the ruling APC in the state as normal in every election year and in every democratic setting.
SUNSHINETRUTH reports that there are permutations in some quarters that Ondo North senatorial district where Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu comes from should be allowed to complete eight years of two terms while some political gladiators are saying that it was the turn of Ondo South to produce the state governor.
However when asked about his opinion about zoning, the former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Kekemeke said, “I am not a fan of zoning. I believe that at every particular time, the people of Ondo State deserve the most competent person to do the job.
“I believe that it is a disservice to this state for people to insist that their only qualification for leadership of this state is where they come from at a particular time.
“Ondo State people deserve the best to lead them in this unusual time. At no point in the history of this state has any group of persons sat and determined through zoning who becomes governor.
“The citizens of this state have, through their votes, always decided the governor and then we count it for the zone the governor comes from. Since 1979, all the three zones always have contestants in major elections. I am not a fan of zoning. It is left for the people,” Kekemeke opined.
“The seeming division of a political party in a year of election is a normal occurrence. What is unacceptable is the destruction of the party via ambition; refusal to abide by laid down rules and regulations.
“Refusal by the powers-that-be to provide a level playing field are the things that destroy the party, not individual aspiration, not the exercise of the constitutional right of an individual in expressing an interest to run for an office.
“You need your platforms to promote your aspiration. I don’t see these platforms as causing havoc to the party. I see the platforms as mobilising for the good of the party. Every patriotic or true state party man has one goal, which is how APC retains Government House after the elections.
“That is the only reason why you will want to use that platform believing that it is a credible platform that can be used. If you are a true APC man, that will be your goal. Anyone who is bold enough to use any platform should have that goal,” Kekemeke said.