Ondo Poll: Alasoadura Begs Tinubu, Urges Him to Support Akeredolu

By Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye
The senator representing Ondo Central Senatorial district, Chief Tayo Alasoadura yesterday begged the national leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to bear the outcome of the September 3, primary election in the state.

Alasoadura said it is regrettable that the happenings within the party have caused embarrassment and brought Tinubu’s name into ridicule. 

The lawmaker who addressed reporters at the Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ) secretariat, Akure said the former Lagos state governor remain the national leader of the party.
He was accompanied by two members of the national assembly including membeer representing Akure South/ North federal constituency, Hon. Afe Olowokere and his colleague representing Akoko North East/ North West federal constituency Hon. Stephen Olemija.
Other party chieftains at the press briefing included, deputy chairman of the party, Eng. Ade Adetimehin, Mr. Wale Akinterinwa, former lawmaker, Hon. Sunday Abegunde, Mr. Olaitan Ayeni and some other party leaders.
Alasoadura described Tinubu as a focus leader who always follows his heart, saying it was same quality that won him his second term while in office.
Alasoadura said the quality of Tinubu was what earned his leadership as Asiwaju of Yoruba nation and a national leader of the APC.
He said even though he might have disagree with Tinubu on two occasions, that does not mean he can not still work for the former Lagos state governor.
The former Commissioner of finance who announced that his structure will work for the success of the APC and Akeredolu pleaded with other aggrieved aspirants to sheath thier sword and come on board.
He said the sunshine state can not afford to extend by a minute the current callous and reckless administration of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to the Senator, the exit of a former governorship aspirant in the party, Chief Olusola Oke to the Alliance for Democracy will not affect the chances of the party in the November 26 governorship election.
He said the party won the last year Presidential and national assembly election without Oke, noting that the APC will still win the forthcoming election without Oke.
On why, he backed the candidature of Akeredolu said he decided to endorse him after proper consultation with his teaming supporters which include top-class Politicians, Professionals, Public and Private Sector Activists, Market Men and Women, Artisans, Farmers, Youths, and Non-indigenes resident in the State.
He said “this belief which is in tandem with the underlying mission of our great party, the APC coupled with the unwavering determination of our dear President Muhammadu Buhari, has kept me hoping for the best for Nigeria.
 “It is therefore not necessary to tell the stories all over again. However permit me say that some of the issues as presented by some members of our party are regrettably disappointing.
“They have engaged in making claims and counter-claims which have greatly factionalized the party thereby affecting the public perception of APC in Ondo State as if electoral processes in advanced democracies are perfect.
“Reflecting deeply on recent happenings within our party, we will see glaringly the extent to which we have embarrassed ourselves and equally brought our national leaders into ridicule as a result of our actions and utterances in pursuance of personal ambitions.
“Nevertheless, my supporters and I do not want to scratch the healing wounds here so as not to make them fresh again.
“I strongly believe that there hadn’t been any better time than now for APC in Ondo State to harness its political strength, shift grounds to accommodate the differences of others for the purpose of giving to the good people of this state a government that they can really trust and call theirs and which will ultimately bring the change everyone has been yearning for.
“Therefore the Ondo State Chapter of our party has had more than enough of internal bickering.
“The crises, we believe should no longer be allowed to fester if we are truly progressive-minded politicians. Now is the time to sink our differences and move forward as a united family to win in the November 2016 governorship election for our party by supporting Akeredolu by all true democrats”.
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