The All Progressives Congress in Ondo state has flayed comments by the first runner-up in the last governorship primary, Dr. Olusegun Abraham, scoring the party low in terms of popularity in the state.
The party in a statement by its director of publicity, Steve Otaloro said the comments shows that Abraham has lost touch with the happenings in the party hence his erroneous declaration that the party’s popularity has nosedived.
The statement said ascribing the victory of the party at the polls to Hon. Isaac Kekemeke and Abraham himself was as good as standing history on its head.
“Kekemeke, the then chairman of the party was not popular to the point of winning people’s support for APC because in the election, he lost his unit, ward and local government to the PDP, while Segun Abraham, lost his local government in the party primary.”
The statement also faulted claims that majority of the state executives are with Kekemeke.
“It would be foolhardy to think Abraham, who is still in court challenging the results of the primary, would say or see anything good about the party and the current acting chairman of the party, Ade Adetimehin.”
“It’s pertinent to remind Abraham of the efforts of Kekemeke as the chairman of the party then to make him win the primary by using the party machinery in his(Abraham’s) favour to the detriment of other aspirants, yet he failed. If that could happen when Kekemeke was in the saddle, where lies his control of the 97.56 percent of the party strength?”
While noting that it was obvious that Abraham and his cohorts are indeed eager to return to our party, Otoloro said ‘the strategy being applied revealed that they want to hijack the party control and lord it over other members for their parochial ambitions and not for the benefit of the party and members in general’.
“Nevertheless, it is important to reiterate that the party is open to all members who are still on sabbatical to return as full members without any recourse to their past mistakes” the statement noted