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Monday, September 25, 2023

Ondo politics: Akeredolu reconciles APC candidates with aspirants who lost at primaries




Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has charged candidates, stakeholders and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to work assiduously for the party to record total victory in the 2023 general elections.

Governor Akeredolu maintained that the party must work in unity to ensure that the three senatorial seats, the nine seats of the House of Representatives as well as the 26 seats of the state House of Assembly are won by the APC.

The Governor spoke in Akure during a meeting with aspirants who participated in the last primary elections of the party and the winners for the 2023 elections.

Governor Akeredolu noted that the meeting became imperative to pacify those who lost at the primaries .

The Governor stressed the need for the candidates to personally reach out to their co-contestants and reconcile with them.

He appealed to the aspirants who lost the primary to accept the outcome stressing that in any contest, a winner must emerge.

Governor Akeredolu assured them that there were no losers in the APC primaries in the state, adding that the tickets of the party are collectively owned by all.

He explained that he didn’t not impose any aspirant on the party.

“I did not impose candidates on you. The decision of the party was made known here, and I felt we should follow it through. I said it specifically that whatever decision the party made did not preclude others to contest. And I am glad people contested.

“So, the primaries have come and gone. It is a process, a number of them can not be reversed. I congratulate those who won. Those who didn’t win, I want to appeal to you,” the Governor said.

Governor Akeredolu, who called the aspirants one after the other, appealed to them to take the outcome of the primaries in good faith and join hands with the winners to record victory in the next year’s general elections.

He equally advised the candidates to work on the same template and hold meetings together, stressing that candidates for the Senate can initiate and embark on genuine reconciliation among aspirants in their various senatorial districts.

“We can not and we must not lose any seat. Not even in the House of Assembly. We must have three senators this time around. We can not lose anywhere. We must not lose Akure South/North federal constituency. We have won before, we must win again.

“Let us bring out the glory of this party. This coming election is a very vital one. Your campaign must be APC-based. Appealing to your co-contestant is very important,” he noted.

Earlier, the party state chairman, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, said that everyone is a winner.

Adetimehin said: “All of us are winners. Whatever that has happened should be seen as a family affair. I want to appeal to those who stepped down. I am here to appeal that we must work together. We do our things in Ondo state in a very colorful way. Let us see the contest as a contest within the family.”