APC divided over participation in Ondo LG polls


Leaders of the All Progressives Congress are finding it difficult to reach a conclusion on whether to participate in the Ondo State local government polls slated for April 23 this year.

The party’s leaders, who converged on Monday at the Akure City Hall, to take a decision on the matter, however rose from the meeting with a conclusion to seek the opinion of the national body in arriving at a consensus.

While the chairman of the party in the state, Isaac Kekemeke, as well as former governorship candidate, Olusola Oke, saw no use participating in the polls, another governorship candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, disagreed.

Mr. Akeredolu said it was only after participating that the party could be able to challenge results emanating from the polls.

A chieftain of the party from Okitipupa local government, Olayeye Ayeniyi, backed Mr. Akeredolu.

“If Mimiko knows that APC is going to participate in the election, he will shift the election because he is aware that he has lost his political control in the state,” he said.

“Participating in the poll will be a challenge for Mimiko and also prepare our party ahead of the governorship election later this year.”

But Mr. Kekemeke described the forthcoming election as an illegality and a sham which was meant to trap the APC ahead of the governorship election later in the year.

He particularly accused members of the State Independent Electoral Commission of being members of Labour/Peoples Democratic Party.

“Our participation or otherwise has been thoroughly discussed at the Central working committee, the state executive committee and the expanded executive,” he explained.

“The conclusion reached was that the election is a shame meant to trap our party. It is an illegal election about to be conducted when there is a subsisting case on the matter at the Supreme court.

“Besides, Mimiko’s ODIEC is composed of LP/PDP membership card carrying members.

“Worse still, this LP/PDP government is highly deficient in character, integrity and fairness that it cannot be trusted to midwife any free and fair process.”

Mr. Oke on his part, said the party could not participate in the elections because there was a pending case in the Supreme Court challenging the legality of local government chairmen who were elected during late Governor Olusegun Agagu’s regime, but were removed by Mr. Mimiko.

“As a counsel to the litigants, I will write a letter to ODIEC chairman in case he is ignorant of the court case,” he said.

“One of the reliefs sought before the supreme court is the reinstatement of the counselors and chairmen sacked by Mimiko.

“It is sub-judiciary for anyone to seek to constitute a council by election in Ondo state.”

However, Ayo Akinyelure said he would officially inform the national leaders on the matter, and communicate back to the state chapter.

Other leaders who attended the meeting include the APC South West Vice Chairman, Ayo Akinyelure; former Deputy Governor, Ali Olanusi, Minister for State for Niger Delta, Cladius Daramola; APC State Vice Chairman, Adetimehin,; Bola Ilori; Mrs. Oladunni Odu; Femi Agagu, Tunji Abayomi, Rotimi Rahman and Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya.

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