The governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the November 2016 gubernatorial election in Ondo state, Chief Olusola Oke ,on Thursday returned to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Oke was received into the APC by the acting Chairman, Engr Ade Adetimehin and Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN.
The former National legal adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had on October 1st 2016 dumped the then opposition party to the AD ,when he lost the September 3 primary election to actualize his dream of becoming the governor of the state, but lost.
Oke hinged his exit from the APC on an all alleged irregularities in the primary election which produced Akeredolu as the party flagbearer.
Addressing the crowd at the MKO Abiola Democracy Park in Akure, the Ondo State capital, Oke said he and his followers decided to return to APC so as to reload the party in the state.
Oke who said being outside the party will occupy the governor’s time, thinking about his next move, noted that he has come back so that the governor would concentrate on the development of the state without distractions.
He said he and his supporters rejoined the party to stabilise the it and give his total loyalty to the party both in the state and at the federal level.
While addressing defectors, the acting Chairman of the party, Engr. Ade Adetimehin said the primary election which prompted Oke to dumped the party was free, fair and credible.
The APC Chairman said “Permit me to state categorically here that the historic primary election that returned the incumbent Governor of the state as the APC gubernatorial candidate was free, fair and credible .
“It was keenly contested and there was no doctored list of delegates to favor the winner nor voting by non – accredited or fictitious delegates as espoused by some divides of the party after the primaries .
“The widely publicized and orchestrated rumor of foul play during the exercise were mere fabrications, distortion of fact and figment of imagination of some overzealous supporters and agents of destabilization who were pursing selfish agenda “.
Adetimehin stressed that the crisis and anti – party activities that followed the primary election was as a result of clueless and undisciplined of the former leadership of the party.
The acting Chairman blamed the former leadership of compromising the situation to degenerate into an absurdity.
He vowed that the current party leaders will never allow political reckless to occur in the APC again.
Adetimehin applauded the National leadership of the party for building bridges and filling the gaps so as to build a strong and virile party in the state.
Governor Akeredolu said there is room for everyone to come back to the party, adding that anyone who expresses willingness to come will be embraced.
The governor said there was no issue between him and Oke but for some rubblerouser who was keen to cause disaffection in the state, especially during the last election.
Akeredolu said ” Sola is here today, he knows how close we are, he knows me and I know him very well. We should love each other.
According to the governor, “We are supposed to be clay, nobody can do it alone, the position we are today is by the grace of God. We don’t know how to do it, don’t let anybody boast, it just pleases God.
“We should forget about the past because there is no how we will not offend each other if we are aspiring for the same position but we have resolved our difference “.
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