The Unity Forum of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has dispelled as mere rumour that the group endorsed the second term ambition of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in the upcoming governorship election.
The APC leaders also denied the story that they had negotiated for the dissolution of the State Executive Council of the party and the deputy governorship slot in the next election as conditions to support Akeredolu, according to Guardian.ng.
Oke, speaking through his media aide, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, however, disclosed that leaders of the party met at the weekend in Akure over the party’s crisis at the instance of Chief Pius Akinyelure to reconcile the warring factions within the party.
According to him, the report over the endorsement of Akeredolu was designed by some elements to mislead some members of the party in the state. He maintained that the meeting was called to bring all the warring factions together as a family ahead of future election.
“I read a distorted story of what transpired at the leadership meeting of the APC in an online platform, dedicated to propagate political news and deliberate propaganda of the sponsor.
“The meeting was held last Saturday in Akure, but matters that were not discussed were reported as the object clause of discuss in the meeting. “Members of the public should be aware that the intent of that meeting was to seek unity among the leaders of APC in Ondo State and issue of 2020 governorship was not in the agenda neither was it discussed in the meeting.”
He recounted that the meeting was convened to resolve the lingering leadership crisis in APC as a follow-up to the committee set up by the national leaders of APC, who summoned a reconciliation meeting of the party leaders sometimes last year. “The major agenda of the meeting was to find out the crux of the crisis with a view to restoring peace among the warring leaders of the party, including the governor.