By Chukwuemeka Abah, ABUJA
The National Working Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has denied endorsing Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for the second term, describing it as gracious falsehood intended to create disaffection among party members.
According to the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the alleged endorsement credited to a group “Unity Mandate Agenda” was an attempt to cause disunity among party faithfuls in the state, adding that neither the National Chairman nor member of the party’s National Working Committee has the power to endorse any aspirant seeking for elective position in the state.
The statement reads, ” Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to a group “Unity Mandate Agenda” alleging that the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has been “endorsed” for a second term by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the Party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
“This is indeed a grevious falsehood intended to create disaffection among our members.
“We hereby refute this spurious statement and wish to state unequivocally that neither the National Chairman nor any member of the Party’s National Working Committee (NWC) has the power to endorse any aspirant.
“The APC is not in the business of endorsing aspirants. As a progressive party, our ultimate guiding principle is strict adherence to the tenets of participatory democracy.
“Our members in Ondo State and elsewhere should ignore this unfounded report. As we move close to governorship primaries in both Edo and Ondo States, it should be expected that mischief makers would do their worst to impugn on the process. As always, they would fail in this current campaign
” Our responsibility as the National Working Committee is to provide level playing ground for every eligible aspirant to contest for the ticket.
“The Party’s schedule of activities for the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections have been released. Our focus now is to ensure proper screening of aspirants, due diligence and conduct free, transparent and credible primaries to elect the Party’s candidates for both elections.
Issa-Onilu charged the members of the party to remain loyal as the party’s NWC will continue to provide responsible leadership and act strictly by the rules at all times.