The Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Engr Ade Adetimehin, has attributed the failure of APC in Osun-West Senatorial bye-election held on Saturday July 8, 2017, to internal wrangling and lack of cohesion within the party.
He also declared that feelers reaching him clearly suggested the party is still strongly firm on ground and popular in Osun State. He reiterated that had the party been systematised into one coherent body of force to mobilise the electorate, they wouldn’t have lost the election after all the person that won the election is a progressive and member of the APC who temporarily decamped to the PDP and will soon return to his root.
According to a statement from the State Publicity Secretary of APC, Mr Steve Olaloro, Adetimehin made these comments while receiving new members from PDP in Akure North LG into APC, led by Chief Nathaniel Babalola, PDP Chairman in Akure North LG. The APC Chairman, urged the new members to see themselves as equal members of the party. According to him, “In APC, there is no discrimination in membership, there is no founder and joiner in the party, we are all members of the same family with equal rights and responsibilities towards the growth of the party.”
The APC Chairman also enjoined members of the party to cooperate and support the leadership of the party and Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, in his striving to bring meaningful development to the state.
He said some of the ongoing and completed road projects in the state like the Abusoro road in Akure that was asphalt tarred, Idanre road projects, Okitipupa, Owo, Ilara-Mokin and others are just a tip of the iceberg as efforts are in top gear that before November this year the APC government will open up all rural areas in the state for easy transportation and boost food production in the state.
Adetimehin while reacting to Babalola’s commendation of the good work of the governor within 100 days in office, especially, government’s renewed interest in Agriculture, noted that Akeredolu is a humble person who does not indulge in comparison of his administration with the previous ones being so modest and honest in the discharge of his responsibilities to the state with absolute forthrightness, transparency and openness.
“Akeredolu is not the type that will give you a job or a contract with a vested interest or returns.” Adetimehin said.
He therefore assured the people of the state that before the end of Akeredolu’s tenure, the state will witness an unprecedented growth and development yet to be seen in the anal of history of the state. This Governor he said lives with integrity and has, the urge for rapid development of the state.
Babalola lampooned the PDP as ‘a divided party’. He said the party has been so divided that no one is left in the party. All the pillars of the party at the national level had left the party. He therefore wondered why they should continue to remain in a divided party.
Babalola, who led other notable leaders of the party in Akure North LG to the APC who include Mr Ibukunle Ogunniyi, PDP Secretary Akure North, Alhaja Idera, Hon Gbolaro Obe, Kayode Olowoyo, Hon Isaac Adeyemi, Mrs Faloye Omowumi, Bankole Abiodun, Lola Oladun, Olawaluyi Emmanuel, Ogunmola Gboyega, Odole Isaac Olusanya, Tunubu Kulos, Hon, Folahan Mekaisi, promised to strengthen the APC and not to destroy it. “We are ready to work assiduously for the development of APC,” he said.
He also commended the achievements of the Governor in his 100 days in office as outstanding and worthy of a good leader.