- The APC has denied endorsing Ondo governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, ahead of the governorship election in the state
- The party noted that neither its national chairman nor any member of the party’s NWC has the power to endorse any aspirant
- The APC was reacting to a statement credited to a group called Unity Mandate Agenda
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has dismissed reports suggesting the party's National Working Committee (NWC) has endorsed Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state for a second term.
The party was reacting to a statement credited to a group called Unity Mandate Agenda.
The group had issued a statement suggesting Akeredolu has the backing of the NWC and the APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshimhole.
“This is indeed a grievous falsehood intended to create disaffection among our members,” a statement by APC spokesman, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu read.
“As a progressive party, our ultimate guiding principle is strict adherence to the tenets of participatory democracy,” the statement further affirmed.
It continued: “Our responsibility as the National Working Committee is to provide level playing ground for every eligible aspirant to contest for the ticket.
“Our members should continue to count on us to provide responsible leadership and act strictly by the rules at all times.”
Meanwhile, ahead of the September 19 and October 10 governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states respectively, civil society groups will host a Live TV and virtual citizens’ town hall on voting amidst the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, June 3.
The town hall seeks to facilitate public debate on the impact of COVID-19 on elections with a view to harnessing citizens input into the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)'s policy on elections in the context of COVID-19.
In a related development, as the Edo and Ondo governorship elections approach, INEC has directed participating political parties planning to adopt the direct mode of primary elections to submit their membership register to the commission.
This was the position of the electoral body during a virtual meeting with political party leaders by INEC's national chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu on Monday, June 1.