Supporters of the All Progressives Congress under the aegis of APC Unity Forum in Ondo State, has announced Chief Olusola Oke, as its consensus candidate for the forthcoming governorship election.
Oke was a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and the Alliance for Democracy in the 2012 and 2016 governorship elections, respectively.
With the current development, Oke would be facing Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Isaac Kekemeke and Olusola Iji at the APC governorship primary in July.
The chairman of the group and former deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, announced the Unity Forum’s choice in a statement issued after the group’s meeting in Akure, on Tuesday.
Olanusi said, “Considering the mood of the state and continuous ban on political meetings and the fact that INEC has given its nod for electronic campaign, we hereby present to the public the long awaited report of the Ondo APC Unity Forum concerning its governorship aspirant for the 2020 governorship election in Ondo State, as presented by the Gubernatorial Candidate Selection Committee.
“The Unity Forum, by the content of the report has adopted Chief Olusola Oke, SAN, as the candidate of the forum. All the leaders and members of the Unity Forum are hereby enjoined to begin mobilisation across the state for the candidate of the forum.”
This decision however did not go down well with some leading members of the forum.
For instance, the Senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District, Ajayi Boroffice, who spoke through his media aide, Mr Kayode Fakuyi, said, “When the idea of consensus candidacy was mooted, the understanding was that all seven members of the Gubernatorial Candidate Selection Committee must unanimously agree on a consensus candidate but that condition has not been met.”
Also, Mr Dapo Adelegan, said, “To the best of our understanding, the other aspirants are still discussing amongst themselves on the possibility of a consensus candidate.”
Also, the Secretary of the Gubernatorial Aspirants Selection Committee of the forum, Prof. Sola Ehindero, in a statement rejected the idea.
He said, “ As the secretary to the committee and custodian of all its delineations and records of the committee, I wish to call the attention of all members of the forum in particular and the public at large that Ali Olanusi is not appropriately qualified and morally empowered to issue any report on the committee’s deliberations.
“No input has been made into the report by other members of the parent body which originally set up the screening committee, that is, the report is yet to be brought to the general meeting of the Unity Forum for consideration, and as of today ( Tuesday), no consensus candidate has been elected by the committee for which I am secretary.”