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By: Ade Adeleke
A governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Hon Isaacs Kekemeke, has declared that all other governorship aspirants of the party should step down for him as the most experienced in governance and party politics.
The party has over 14 aspirants including the incumbent Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
He also said that move to secure peace within the party by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu was not to allow for his second term, insisting that Akeredolu four years term will end in February, 2021.
The former Attorney General of the state told newsmen in Akure that they seeking peace within the ruling party was not about the forth coming gubernatorial contest.
Kekemeke said other aspirants should step down for him because he is the most popular, the most competent and the only aspirant present on ground.
He said the absence of peace in the party was not because he and others were aspiring to be governor.
His words, “What we are saying is that the Governor has a four years certain tenure and it comes to an end by February and a process for a new tenure begins.
“Like he did contest against other people, this seat is open for as many people to contest both at the primary level and at the general election level. He is the Chief Security Officer of this state; he has a duty at all times to make peace. That is his job.
“We will work with him to make that peace but that does not mean compromising our individual aspirations. I am going to be Governor after Akeredolu.
“Other aspirants should step down for me. I am the most popular. I am the most competent. I am the only one present on ground. The people know me. They should work with me. The Governor has done four years, it is now my time,” Kekemeke said.
KEKEMEKE AND LEKE-LEKE SLOGAN
The chairman Strategic Mobilization and Communication Committee of Lekeleke Movement, the campaign outfit of Chief D. I. Kekemeke, Hon. Demola Ijabiyi has explained the slogan of the Movement.
The first stanza of the slogan reads, “Lekeleke… In God we trust”. It is followed by “Lekeleke …. Ko s’iro, ko s’ebo”. Then, “Ondo State… Gbera”
Ijabiyi explained that “ko s’ebo” that is, no rituals, epitomizes the Movement’s faith in and reliance on God.
According to him, “politicians are notorious for rituals. They can go to any length to seek spiritual assurance of victory in elections, to obtain political appointments or even to hurt their rivals.
“Some of these rituals have been found to involve human sacrifices and mysterious deaths. Kekemeke would have none of such. And he has warned his supporters to keep off rituals by prophets, alfas or babalawos.
“To him, there is nothing that God cannot do. Therefore, why not trust Him?”
“Kekemeke, a former Secretary to the State Government and the pioneer State Chairman of APC is a leading gubernatorial aspirant of the party. He has vowed to shun lies with which politicians are generally known.
According to Ijabiyi, “That is the essence of the ‘ko s’iro’ (no-lies) slogan.”
Ijabiyi posited that as a former attorney general and commissioner for justice, as well as a former commissioner for works, housing, lands and transport. D.I. Kekemeke won’t be a stranger to governance and public service if elected to govern the State.
“According to him, Kekemeke was ready and determined to take the State to high levels as he had in his Movement’s slogan invited the State to arise, _Ondo State…. Gbera.”