The All Progressives Congress (APC) said the party National Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the Party’s National Working Committee (NWC) has not endorsed the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for a second term.
The party in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu said the claim by a group “Unity Mandate Agenda” is a grievous falsehood intended to create disaffection among party members
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to a group “Unity Mandate Agenda” alleging that the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has been “endorsed” for a second term by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the Party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
“This is indeed a grievous falsehood intended to create disaffection among our members,” APC said.
The party refutes what they described as spurious statement and stated unequivocally that neither the National Chairman nor any member of the Party’s National Working Committee (NWC) has the power to endorse any aspirant. “The APC is not in the business of endorsing aspirants. As a progressive party, our ultimate guiding principle is strict adherence to the tenets of participatory democracy
“Our members in Ondo State and elsewhere should ignore this unfounded report. As we move close to governorship primaries in both Edo and Ondo States, it should be expected that mischief makers would do their worst to impugn on the process. As always, they would fail in this current campaign
“Our responsibility as the National Working Committee is to provide level playing ground for every eligible aspirant to contest for the ticket,” the party said.
The Party further stated that the schedule of activities for the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections has been released. The party added that members focus now is to ensure proper screening of aspirants, due diligence and conduct free, transparent and credible primaries to elect the Party’s candidates for both elections.
The party also asked members to continue to count on the NWC to provide responsible leadership and act strictly by the rules at all times.