“APC should grant Waivers to new Members ahead of 2020 Ondo Guber Primary”

By: Adesoji Adetona

As race for the October 10 governorship election in Ondo state, a political group within the state Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), “OJASOPE campaign organization” has called on the national leadership of the party to grant waivers to new members in the state to enable them participate in the forthcoming July 20 Direct primary in the state.

The group noted that the constitution of the party makes provision for waivers for her new members and therefore there should be no unnecessary meddlesome in the APC membership register that is in the custody of the party’s national secretariat.

The Director-General of the Ojasope campaign organization and leader of Okada riders Association, popularly known as ACOMORAN, Ondo state chapter, Comrade Shola Elekan, who made the call in a press statement made available to SUNSHINETRUTH in Akure.

Another political group, Ibi Giga Ambassadors working for the reelection of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, had early this week raised alarm over plot by two of the governorship Aspirants in the state to doctor the APC membership register ahead of the primary.

Ibi Giga Ambassadors advised the party’s national secretariat to use the 2014 updated membership register of the party for the July 20 primary.

However reacting, the Director-General of the Ojasope campaign organization, Comrade Shola Elekan alleged that the Akeredolu’s group only control minority members of Ondo APC, adding that it was why they were raising false alarm.

Elekan said, “the Constitution of the party makes provision for waivers for her new disciples so there is no need for meddling with the APC register. Whoever is enthusiastic about participating can write the party for a waiver at the ward level.

“The database of members of APC is handled by the national secretariat of the party and I don’t know how names will be inserted into the register without the authorization of the NWC of the party. Are they saying the national chairman is working against Aketi re-election?

“This same group has always been working against the national chairman and the leadership of the party. The Ondo state secretariat of APC under the leadership of Engr, Ade Adetimehin was full of celebration when the federal high court in Abuja removed the national chairman.

“Recently they have congregated around the national executive council(NEC) of the party to convey a meeting so as to manipulate the already stipulated mode of primary for Ondo state.

“The same minority groups have been molesting devoted members of the party in Owo local government where the governor hails from. In politics, when you are sure of victory you don’t fight. They asserted to get donations of 35million naira from political office holders and 19 houses of assembly members.

“If they have all this, do they need to humiliate any of our party members? What is there fret? A governor seeking reelection is combatting his deputy, the SSG, Senator Borroffice, his house of representative members, and other leaders at large.

“The future seems scary and cloudy under the leadership of the former President of the NBA, as a result of massive leadership bankruptcy and increasing hardship. There is no concrete agenda, no realistic strategy.

“The choice made in 2016 has proven futile so far, our people are even more vulnerable, miserable, and hopeless. Do you know the governor struggled against his own political party (APC) in the last National Assembly Election? Did he win? No.

“The unity forum defeated this minority groups called Team Aketi in both senatorial districts. In Ifedore/Idanre federal constituency, Akoko South federal constituency, Akoko North Federal constituency, APC defeated all the preferred candidate of the governor that contested in Action alliance. All these records are there in the INEC website.

“This exemplifies that the unity forum elicits the majority of the party members and there will be no need for excessive registration of members of her new member. We are expecting to have a transparent direct primary election under Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

“We are aware that they are in charge of multiple membership cards. We will defeat them again and again in a conceivable contest.

“This same group has always been working against the national chairman and the leadership of the party. The Ondo state secretariat of APC under the leadership of Engr, Ade Adetimehin was full of celebration when the federal high court in Abuja removed the national chairman.

“Recently they have congregated around the national executive council(NEC) of the party to convene a meeting so as to manipulate the already stipulated mode of primary for Ondo state.

“All hope is not lost there is still hope far beyond prevailing odds. We can be rescued from this tragedy or nightmare only if the national working committee of APC will be able to conduct a credible direct primary election in Ondo state.

“It will be a litmus test for October 10, 2020, Gubernatorial Election. The majority of APC members in Ondo state will decide on a candidate that command huge following and influence in our body politics. A candidate that will rekindle a unifying spirit of solidarity during these challenging times,” the DG said

Elekan said, “the emergence of this candidate will send a loud message against misrule and bad governance.

“Another opportunity has been made available for you to resist Barr Rotimi Akeredolu(SAN) overly ambitious plan of consolidating excessive power ahead of 2023. They have plan to combat our national leader, they are ally to the few governors who want go remove the democratically elected chairman of our party. Be wary.

“I admonish you all unit, ward, local government, state leaders to consider the direct primary factor as an indispensable political capital you could lean on for future elections. With just a few days to these upcoming by-elections. I beseech you all to leave your comfort zones and move across wards to canvass party members to come out enmasse on July 20 and vote out Akeredolu,” said Elekan.

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