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Wednesday 17 August 2016

Ondo APC in Crisis as Tinubu’s Choice tears Party Apart

The Chairman of the All Progressive Congress APC in Ondo state, Hon Isaac Kekemeke was on Friday suspended for anti party activities by some members of the party and an acting chairman,  Saka Yusuf, was appointed by the party members .

The crisis began when Asiwaju Bola Tinubu allegedly endorsed one of the 25 aspirants billed to contest for the Party’s ticket.

As early as 8am, the protesters who are supporters of the other governorship aspirants and leaders of the party literally sacked the state executive members by sealing off the party secretariat in Akure.

They displayed various placards, some which read: “State Minus Kekemeke Equals Victory; No Impostor, No Imposition, No Endorsement; Kekemeke Is A Mole in APC; Kekemeke Is An Unrepentant Sinner; APC Plus Kekemeke Equals Failure”.

But in a swift response, Kekemeke who described his removal as a drama said that he would neither be blackmailed nor be intimidated by ” some privileged members of the party who wants to hijack the party for their selfish interest”
“Those behind protest are those who want to impose their way on the majority, they are desperate members of the party that want to hijack the party.

Kekemeke described his sack as blackmail by privilege few who want their decision to override the majority. It’s a drama that’s good for the season.

While addressing newsmen during the protest, their spokespersons, Tolu Babaleye, Francis Adelokiki and Gbenga Ajayi kicked against imposition of candidate ahead of the August 27 governorship primaries.

Babaleye accused Kekemeke of enforcing the endorsement of one of the 25 aspirants of the party as the candidate in the primary poll, as being directed by their National leader, Senator Ahmed Tinubu.

“Since he came back from Lagos, Kekemeke has made serious efforts to enforce the endorsement. Kekemeke openly informed the state executive committee that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has endorsed an aspirant and has instructed him to tell the leaders and delegates.”

They also accused Kekemeke of undermining the chances of the party in the November 26 governorship poll, saying he “manipulated the delegate list of almost all the wards and local government areas in Ondo State.

Babaleye said that they have resolved that “That Kekemeke must not be allowed to conduct the primary election since he has compromised his office and that the list of delegates submitted to the National Secretariat is wantonly manipulated and is a cancer to a free, fair and credible primary election.

“That Kekemeke is hereby suspended to pave way for free, fair and credible primary election; that an officer of the party from the National Secretariat of APC in Abuja be appointed to conduct the primary election since Kekemeke has shown himself to be an unbiased person who cannot guarantee a free, fair and credible primary election.

“That as a prelude to the primary election of APC, a genuine delegate list used for the 2014 primary election of the National and State Assembly elections be made available to all the aspirants.

Meanwhile, Kekemeke in his response to an alleged endorsement of a particular aspirant by Asiwaju Tinubu said ” “Let them face the real issue,let endorsement contend with endorsement,let money contend with money, let influence contend with influence, let mobilization contend with mobilization, and let us go to the field and elect whoever wins”

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