- A chieftain of APC, Olusola Oke, has signalled interest in contesting APC governorship primary in Ondo state
- Oke will now face Governor Akeredolu during the party's primary
- The former PDP governorship candidate notes that he has what it takes to defeat PDP at the poll
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The re-election bid of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu may face a strong challenge as one of the chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Olusola Oke, throws his hat in the ring to contest the party's governorship primary.
The Sun reports that no fewer than 26 associations under the platform of the unity forum purchased the expression of interest and nomination forms for Oke to contest during the next gubernatorial election in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that while speaking during the formal presentation of the forms to him in Abuja, Oke boasted that only him possess the right qualities to stop the APC from sliding into opposition in the state, promising to unite and open up rural areas.
He said: "Let me thank God that brought this mission to fruition. About a few days ago, leaders of the unity forum and about other 26 associations raised N22.5 million to enable me to purchase these forms. They also travelled to Abuja to collect the forms themselves. I thank the leadership of the unity forum for this honour done to me and assure all that my candidature will bring the APC together in Ondo state.
"We are all aware that the party has been going through a trying period with the centre not holding. Our experience in the last election shows that there is a need to have new leadership, a new face and new APC in the state. I represent that new face of APC in Ondo state. I will unite everybody and my mission will be to protect APC.
"Unless there is a change in the leadership of the APC in the state, the party may slide into opposition. I have to come out because we don’t want it to happen. During the general election, we lost two senatorial seats, five House of Representatives and the presidential election in the state. It is not in our character, in our strength and that is not the APC Ondo state, but because of leadership issues."
Oke said that he stepped forward with confidence to have the party ticket to deliver, adding that he is the only person that would have the ticket and there would be no PDP in Ondo state.
He noted that he would make all leaders very relevant, saying that the state resources would be dedicated to the people of Ondo and there would be no capital flight in the state.
"I want to thank the leadership of the party because I am aware of the trying period the party is going through now both at the state and national levels, it is a passing phase to produce light at the end of the tunnel. Under my watch in Ondo, we will reduce poverty. The state is not meant to be poor at all with the abundant natural, agricultural resources and longest coastline. I will bring back those good old days," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the crisis between Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and his deputy, Agboola Ajayi, took another twist on the morning of Tuesday, June 23.
It was reported that some heavily armed policemen stormed the premises of the state's House of Assembly to provide cover for lawmakers plotting to impeach Ajayi.
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