The Ondo State All Progressives Congress (APC) has been described as a people-oriented party created to develop the country and focuses on uplifting the masses.
The Chairman, Isaac Kekemeke, said this while receiving over 350 members of the “Like Minds” group led by a leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Comrade Ibironke Lawrence, into the party.
Kekemeke said how people would not go hungry and how youths would be gainfully employed and contribute to the growth of the country is of utmost importance in the minds of the APC leadership.
He emphasized that the plethora of developments can be noted in other southwestern states such as Ogun and Osun states, which are not as rich as Ondo State but are doing well in terms of infrastructural growth and social amenities.
According to him, this includes feeding school children in APC states.
Ibironke commended the courage of President Muhammadu Buhari for his fight against corruption.
He said the President’s zero tolerance towards corruption is the precursor to restoring the country’s lost glory.
“Part of the reasons why we left the PDP was that the PDP is a party that forces its members to amass wealth without working, enjoys pleasure without conscience and, unfortunately, practices politics without principles.
“All these factors have contributed to the precarious situation we now find ourselves in in the country.”
He therefore called on patriotic Nigerians to support Buhari in his fight against corruption.
After their statement before the APC, he urged the party to give its members a sense of belonging and recognition.
Kekemeke assured the new members of “Like Minds” of Akure South Local Government that they were not late in joining APC, urging them to do their best for the party.
He said members would be rewarded based on their actions and contributions to the party’s growth, “and not on how long they have been compliant members.”
Alarmed by the widespread criticism of the decision of the Akoko Elders Assembly (AEA) to award the November 26 governorship to Ondo North, its Chairman, Chief Felix Ayegbusi, yesterday said the group has not fielded any candidate from the four local government areas robbed. of Akoko division from contesting the primaries.
There had been an uproar over reports that the forum at its meeting last Thursday, held at the Arigidi-Akoko residence of Ayegbusi, had reportedly awarded the governorship ticket to Akoko North.
An aspirant and former Speaker, Ondo State House of Assembly, Victor Olabimtan and some members within the AEF, in a separate statement, criticized the elders’ resolution.
They emphasized that they were pushing for a section candidate.
But Chief Ayegbusi said the group’s decision was without feelings.
According to him, the idea to reduce the large number of aspirants arose more than two years ago.
He noted that some of the aspirants who were against the zoning plan had earlier come to them begging for the ticket.
Ayegbusi, who explained that the Executive Committee (SEC) of the APC, led by Kekemeke, had no influence on their decision, adding that it was a local arrangement agreed upon by the cultural, traditional and other stakeholders in Akokoland .