By Femi Atolagbe
The Acting Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Engr Ade Adetimehin, has affirmed that the letter confirming him as the Acting Chairman of the party is authentic and signed by the National Secretary of the party contrary to the claim of the Senator representing Ondo North, Senator Ajayi Boroffice.
Adetimehin was reacting to a purported statement credited to Senator Boroffice, claiming that the letter recognising the former as Acting chairman of APC in the state was fake, and did not emanate from the party’s national secretariat.
According to him, “Senator Borofice has a means of cross-checking from the National Secretariat the letter confirming me as the Acting Chairman but the question is, does he still believe in the APC?”
The APC Acting chairman who spoke to journalists after addressing members of the State Working Committee of the party in Akure, the state capital, said some “forces” that worked against the party while in opposition are now returning to cause a division in the party.
He added that the leadership of the party will not also tolerate any act capable of causing disunity and disaffection among the members and those who had already left the party, adding that the era of indiscipline and impunity in the party is over.
He disclosed that those who worked against the interest of the party during the 2016 electioneering period and governorship election should be magnanimous to tender an unreserved apology.
He explained that he has the support of the party’s structure in the state as against the claims by Boroffice.
He also added that the party would no longer condone any act of impunity and asked those who left to apologise to the members and leaders of the party before they would be reabsorbed and welcomed back into the party.
“During the last election, same Boroffice worked for Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Ondo state but at the National level, he will be claiming he is in APC and that is the problem with Nigeria’s politics.
“I did not expect him (Boroffice) who is a Professor of repute and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to lie to the whole world and also deceive his followers.
“When you make a mistake, apologize, and if you worked against your party- come back to that party and tender your apology, and the people would pardon you.
“During that 2016 election, Boroffice did not participate in any of our campaigns and we have 203 wards in Ondo State, ask him did he visit any of these wards to campaign for us?”
“We also have 3009 polling units, ask him again did he ever visit any of these units to canvass for APC but instead, he was working for Alliance for Democracy (AD).”
The Acting Chairman further stated that the leadership of the party in the state would still be prepared to mend the fence with those who left in annoyance but are now ready to come back and show some signs of apologies.
Earlier, Senator Boroffice had said he is still a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state and did not join any other party as being claimed by his antagonists.
He spoke in an electronic statement issued through his media aide, Kayode Fakuyi, and made available to newsmen in Akure.
Boroffice said he is still a grassroots politician and a leading founding father in APC in the state.
“The Senator remains a chieftain of the APC in Ondo State and has not at anytime resigned his membership of the party nor at any moment joined another party.
“As a grassroots politician and one of the founding fathers of APC in the state, if he has any reason to join another party, it will attract statewide rallies and political carnivals,” he said.