- A group within APC, Rescue Mandate (RM), has said that President Buhari could not get 10 percent votes in Ondo state during 2019 general elections
- RM accused Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of marginalising some key members of the party in his cabinet
- The APC publicity secretary in the state, Alex Kalejaiye, said there were no intraparty crisis within the state chapter of the party
The crisis rocking Ondo state All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken another twist as a group within the party, Rescue Mandate, warned Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to desist from divisive tendencies to avoid jeopardizing President Muhammadu Buhari's chances of winning 2019 general elections in the state.
NAIJ.com regional reporter in Ondo state, Oluwadamilare Moriyeke, said the group through its convener, Michael Olorunfemi, decried the gross marginalization of party members by the Akeredolu-led administration.
He stated that 80 percent of core APC members from ACN, CPC, CPC, ANPP were not reckoned with by the governor as APC members.
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"He rather embraces and accommodates core PDP members who are now in Aketi group in his government. It is evidently clear to all and sundry in Ondo APC that anybody who is not a member of Aketi group within APC is not a bonafide member member of Ondo APC.
"This has gone a long way to create unnecessary opposition and division within the party in the state. As it is observed that virtually all the secretly elected Congress members in Ondo APC are all members of the so-called Aketi group", he said.
He noted that the governor, as applicable in other climes, failed to unite the party and other aspirants after the controversial September 3, 2016 primary election of the party in the state.
"The Aketi group saga has further disintegrated the party in the state and over 75 per cent of APC members in the state would have defected to other opposition parties if not for the love they had for President Buhari.
"This is one of the major reasons Governor Akeredolu has been seriously mobilizing against the direct primary for the forthcoming party primaries", he added.
The group implored the party leadership under Adams Oshiomhole to urgently wade into the intraparty crisis in the state to forestall the inevitable implosion and troubles it may cause the party and reelection bid of the President.
"All what has been caused by Governor Akeredolu in the state is demarketing the political future of both the APC and Mr. President. In fact as it stands in the state, Mr. President cannot get 10% votes from the Akeredolu-led government if things continue like this."
Meanwhile, the APC state publicity secretary in the state, Alex Kalejaiye, refuted the allegations and insinuations that there were intraparty crisis within the state chapter of the party.
"The state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has so far appointed men and women of integrity into the government based on their contributions to party, and ability to deliver.
"You will agree with me that it is impossible for every dedicated member of the party to be appointed at the same time, considering the limited resources available."
Assuring the party leaders and members of future patronage and appointment into public offices across the 18 council areas, Kalejaiye implored them to be patient with the Akeredolu-led administration in the state.
"As long as we are in one accord, and remain in power, chances are that those that have not be patronized today would take their soonest.
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"We only need to stay together and work for the success of the party in future elections. The welfare of our members and development of the state are not negotiable," he said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state called on Nigerians to support President Muhammadu Buhari for his 2019 re-election bid.
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