The Accord Party (AP), one of the 46 political parties contesting for the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state has denied adopting the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
AP said it stand by it’s candidate adding that it is not in any alliance with a political party.
In a statement issued by the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Muhammad Lawal Nalado, Accord Party said the purported rejection of the party’s governorship candidate, Jacob Aluko, by some persons who claim to be elders of the party in the state is false and unfounded.
The party while dismissing the reported alliance between governor Fayose and the PDP, emphasised that it is solidly backing the candidate of AP in the election, noting that he has a widespread acceptability across the state that will give the party victory.
The statement called on their loyalists in the state to come out enmass and vote for the candidate of Accord Party in the election, arguing that he has the manifesto to address the economic challenges facing the people of Ekiti.
While denying any alleged agreement between the Accord and the PDP for the party’s candidate to step down for the Governor Fayose’s candidate, the statement maintained that the candidate of the party is still very much in the race and heading for a victory.
Nevertheless, the statement lamented the anti party activities that was carried out by those who were sabotaging the candidate of the party ahead of the election, saying the party’s leadership will certainly take disciplinary action against those involved irrespective of how highly placed they are in the party.
It emphasized that Accord cannot condone any form of irresponsibility by any member, adding that the leadership of the part has over the past years worked heard to build discipline in party. It urged members to avoid shortchanging the overall interest of the party for personal benefits.
On this note, the party promised that with Accord as a leading party in the south west, the leadership of the party will soon troop down to the Ekiti state to embark on a massive campaign at the grassroots to project and sell the candidature of Jecob Aluko as the governor who will transform the fortunes of the state.
Meanwhile, recall that some members of the party in the state had at a press conference alleged that the party’s candidate has stepped down for the candidate of the incumbent governor Ayodele Fayose in the July 14th elections.
However, this resulted in the members and supporters of the party across the country rejecting the purported alliance, insisting rather that the candidate of the party should disregard the claims and must proceed with the electoral contest.
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