Factional executives of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State on Tuesday in Akure, the state capital, demanded direct system of primary in the July gubernatorial primary of the party in preparation for the governorship election in October in the state.
Mr. Henry Olatuja, the Acting Chairman, of the APC factional executives, declared at a press conference in Akure, the state capital. that the mode of primary became necessary because his faction didn’t have confidence in the party under the leadership of Engineer Ade Adetimehin.
He, therefore, urged the national leadership of the party to opt for direct primary for the state’s gubernatorial primary election coming up in July.
According to him, his faction had approached the court of law challenging the Engr. Ade Adetimehin-led executives with 11 applicants.
He thereby declared that the withdrawal of the former chairman of the faction, Mr. Idowu Otetubi from the case did not mean that the case would not continue.
Olatuja said: “His (Idowu Otetubi’s) reasons to withdraw his name as one of those challenging the legality of Mr Ade Adetimehin-led executive committee, the 18 LG executives, and 203 wards executives has nothing to do with the right of other litigants to pursue their case to a logical conclusion.
“We support the agitation for direct primary for the selection of our party’s candidate in the forthcoming governorship election because the list of delegates at the national headquarters of the party in respect of Ondo State are two types. Direct primary would give equal opportunity for all the aspirants to participate effectively.”
Olatuja explained that at no time did Otetubi infirm the factional executive that he wanted to join Governor Akeredolu and withdraw the ongoing case at the Federal High Court, Akure Judicial Division.
The APC factional executives, produced by May 18, 2018 parallel congress, therefore, dissociated themselves from the declaration of Otetubi that he had withdrawn the case filed against the Engr. Ade Adetimehin-led APC exco by the factional executive, saying other plaintiffs in the matter were not informed.
Commenting on Otetubi’s defection, Olatuja said: “This is an attempt to frustrate the gubernatorial ambition of various aspirants within the party. His defection to the governor’s group would definitely allow for proper monitoring of our case and will stop the unnecessary exploitation of party leaders.
“We want the party members and the general public to note that his joining Aketi Team has nothing to do with us and the case before the court.”
Former chairman of the APC factional executives, Mr. Idowu Otetubi, on Sunday defected to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led faction of the party.
The group, therefore, officially suspended the former factional chairman and secretary, Otetubi and Gani Mohammed, who had both joined forces with Governor Akeredolu for his second term bid.
The factional executives pledged the loyalty of the group to the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, the National Leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and the Senate Deputy Leader, Ajayi Boroffice, soliciting for justice in the matter.
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