By Fisayo Akinduro
Chairman of All Progressives Congress Elders forum in Ondo State, Senator Olorunnibe Farukanmi has ordered suspended state chairman of the party, Hon. Isaac Kekemeke to immediately release to the party all official vehicles in his possession and render account of several millions of naira generated from aspirants during the last gubernatorial election.
Farukanmi gave the order after rising from a meeting of the Elders’ Forum in Akure on Wednesday.
Senator Farukanmi, said the recovery of party’s properties from the suspended Chairman becomes necessary more so that a letter to that effect had been issued to Isaac Kekemeke without him responding to releasing the party property.
The chairman of Elders’ Forum noted that continuous possession of the party’s property by Kekemeke is unconstitutional, describing it as fragrant abuse of the party’s laid down rules and regulation.
He therefore directed the necessary organs of the party to go into action in recovering all party property from the former Chairman.
Also the party’s Chairman, Engr Ade Adetimehin at the same meeting with the elders of the party reacted to several issues raised including creation of area council, saying area council creation is a constitutional matter that has to go through a process before coming to fruition.
He assured the forum that the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu would definitely create more local governments in the state as promised during his election campaign.
He said: “If Akeredolu should embark on it, he will definitely see it to the end unlike the last administration who attempted it but could not complete it even when he set up a committee to that effect.”
Adetimehin disclosed that he supported Akeredolu “because we believe in him and what he stands for. We are not surprised he had travelled with the president in the last few months to the USA and France.
“Very soon all the various networks and sojourn of the governor would start yielding fruits for the good of Ondo state.”
The chairman declared that the party is doing very well except for some few people who had moved to Alliance for Democracy but still parading themselves as members of APC.
Speaking on the appointments made by the governor so far, Adetimehin explained that “the number of political appointments made so far is not up to 20 percent while only one board appointments had been made with that of SUBEB.
“At the appropriate time and very soon other party members would be appointed.”
This disclosure was widely applauded by members of the party present in the meeting.
According to AdeAdetimehin, “Akeredolu doesn’t believe in politics of vengeance as demonstrated in his disposition so far towards the last Mimiko-led administration.”
He, however, noted that it is not until Akeredolu started fighting his predecessor unnecessarily and hitting up the polity and hindering the administration’s focus to bringing dividends of Democracy to the people before we all agree that it’s a war unnecessary.
“Akeredolu made it clearly that he’s not interested in making unnecessary war that will not yield any good for the state but instead set the state back in term of focus development.”
At the end of the meeting that was widely attended by elders of the party at the state secretariat in Akure, a vote of confidence was passed on the governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu during questions and answers session by various speakers who alluded to the upright and forthrightness of Akeredolu in the handling of the state affairs.
It was noted that his development drive so far was commendable more so that the state economy had been contracted before his takeover in February 2017.
They also urged him not to hesitate to liaise with the elders of the party to seek their advice from time to time for effective running of the party in the state.