By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has tasked the party’s aspirants in the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo state to shun divisive tendencies, close ranks and chase away the Peoples Democratic Party PDP-led administration in the state.
Odigie-Oyegun gave the charge Saturday in his introductory remarks at an ongoing reconciliation parley with the aspirants and some top party stalwarts at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.
He urged the aspirants to emulate their counterparts in Lagos state who rallied round the party’s candidate, Akinwumi Ambode in the aftermath of the party’s primary election in the state last year.
Urging the aspirants to be frank and open in their discussion, Odigie-Oyegun said they stand to blame in the event that the APC loses the governorship poll.
“In Akure, as in the presidential primaries, we were fighting to remove an incumbent, a sitting president and now a sitting governor in the case of Ondo and for you to do that, you must be united. So, if there is no unity, you are the one that is losing the election; it won’t be that the other party won the election but that you donated it. I appeal to you to be as forthright as possible”, he pleaded.
The APC in Ondo state has been enmeshed in crisis following allegations that a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu had endorsed one of the aspirants with the intention of imposing him on the party.
The meeting has currently dissolved into a closed-door session.