- The Ondo government accuses the former governor of the state, Ali Olanusi, of double-speak and mischief
- The government says Olanusi's criticism of the indirect primaries adopted by the APC in the state is meant to misinform people
- The government says Olanusi was present at the meeting where it was decided that the party should adopt the indirect primaries
The government of Ondo has tongue-lashed a former deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, for allegedly criticising the adoption of the indirect primaries by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of 2019.
The state government, through its information commissioner, Yemi Olowolabi, said Olanusi’s comment was wither borne out of a mix of mischief and double-speak.
According to Olowolabi, the former deputy governor’s statement was planned to misinform, mislead and manipulate sacred facts to achieve clearly perverted political goals.
“For the records, Alhaji Ali Olanusi was not only present, but, he also actively participated at the Ondo state APC executive committee meeting on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, where stakeholders unanimously adopted indirect primary to select the party’s candidates for the 2019 general elections.
“It is inconceivable for the highly respected politician to turn around and condemn the collective decision of Ondo state APC stakeholders including himself.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Alhaji Olanusi’s seminal and illustrative contributions at APC state executive committee substantially helped in arriving at the final decision to dump the idea of direct primary," the government’s statement said.
Daily Sun quoted Olanusi, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as reportedly condemning the adoption of indirect primary by the state chapter of the APC to select the party’s candidates for next year’s elections.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Oyo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chose to pick its candidate for the 2019 governorship election through indirect primaries.
This is contrary to the earlier decision by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party headed by President Buhari and national chairman Adams Oshiomhole, which urged direct primaries for all positions.
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