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The former chairman of the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Isaac Kekemeke has attributed the rumblings with the party in state to the failure of the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, to accommodate all interests within the party.
Kekemeke, who is the pioneer chairman of the party, during a live radio programme on Radio Nigeria Positive FM (102.5) tagged “Political Podium”, explained that since the emergence of Akeredolu as governor, he has not been able to bring together and unite the various factions within the party.
According to Kekemeke, the governor as leader of the party ought to have initiated the move by extending an olive branch to mend the cracks among his group, members of the State Working Committee of the party as well as party stalwarts with formidable political structures in the state.
He emphasized that Akeredolu has not been able to leave behind all that transpired during the 2015 governorship primary election, which produced him as the standard-bearer of the party.
His words: “The truth is that our party (APC) is yet to recover from the sadly primary elections that brought this government (Akeredolu) into power.
“We are still embroiled in the differences that we exhibited during the 2015 governorship (APC) primaries election and it is so sad.
“People are still talking about themes and gloomsy within government and we have everybody driving in his own way.
“Bring the likes of Ajayi Boroffice, Ali Olanusi and Olusola Oke, Isaac Kekekeme together and let us sit down in a round table because it is time to move on.
“That is the only way I could acheive what I was able to acheived as the pioneer Chairman of the party when I was there because these tendencies were there.
“The truth is that, when I was the Chairman I don’t have to like you or your style or face for us to work together, but the job has to be done to work for the party”.
The erstwhile Chairman also stated that, “I think this is the biggest challenge and it is incumbent on the formal and informal leadership of the party in this state to come down from their very high horses and begin to put the party together sincerely and honestly.”
He, however, expressed the belief that all the challenges facing the party will be surmounted before the governorship election coming next year, stressing that APC will come out victorious.
“Our party is still very much on ground it is the most popular in Ondo state and still has the weight to win elections in the state The party still has the capacity to win elections in the state.
“What we have is the fact that we have too many aggrieved party members who don’t agreed with the way the party has been run.
“But all we need is to put all these forces together and we will win big. We have capacity to win big once the right things are done,” he said.
SOURCE: DAILY POST