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APC tells Aiyedatiwa to run inclusive govt

After a marathon meeting with aggrieved governorship aspirants who participated in last Saturday’s primary election in Ondo State, the ruling All Progressives Congress, on Thursday, advised Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to run an inclusive government.

Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Duro Meseko, announced the outcome of the two-hour meeting, which began at about 4.30 pm.

Meseko, while addressing journalists at the party secretariat in Abuja, said the party’s National Working Committee took the position after a meeting with the governor and the aggrieved aspirants to create a united front ahead of the November governorship election.

He said, “We are here this evening to brief you about the meeting that was held by the NWC with all the aspirants that participated in last week’s governorship primary in Ondo State. The candidate and the remaining 15 aspirants were invited, and two key resolutions were reached.

“One, it was agreed at the meeting that because of the complaints that trailed the outcome of the primary by some of the aspirants, there is a need for the party to continue dialogue with all the aspirants individually and collectively to have a common ground for the forthcoming elections in the state. Also, it is for them to be able to work together as a united family.

“Secondly, it was also agreed that the state governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, should immediately work towards instituting what we call ‘inclusive governance’ in the state by involving all the other aspirants. Of course, we know most of the aspirants won’t be able to participate in his government. But they have people that we can allow to make input. He should work and relate with them to move the state forward. These were the two key ingredients taken out of today’s meeting.”

Virtually all the aspirants who contested the last primary were present at the peace meeting except the former commissioner for finance and governorship aspirant in Ondo, Wale Akinterinwa,

State Chairman of Ondo APC, Ade Adetimehin, also re-echoed the resolution of the ruling party while addressing reporters at the secretariat.

He said, “As earlier disclosed by the deputy national publicity secretary, the NWC agreed after the two-hour deliberation that we will continue to dialogue with all the aspirants. We will continue to engage both at the national and state level.

“The second resolution was to run an inclusive government in Ondo State. Our governor was there when it was taken and it is mandatory that it must commence immediately. This must include the aspirants and other members of our party in Ondo State. We believe Ondo is a progressive state. We have a large chunk of party supporters in the APC.

“In the last election, we have three senatorial seats won by the APC. In the House of Representatives, we won eight out of nine seats. Out of 26 seats in the State Assembly, we got 22. I believe you will agree with me that Ondo is an APC state.

“What we came here to deliberate is to decide the mode of working together and to have less division within our party. I want to thank all the aspirants. Sixteen contested in the last primary election. Today’s meeting was attended by 15. That shows we have given room for dialogue. That is what we are here to do.”

Earlier, Aiyedatiwa had told journalists after he visited the State House in Abuja on Thursday that the election held as against the speculation being in a section of the media.

The governor also admitted that party leaders are working hard to resolve the disagreement between him and the aspirants to ensure they work as one.

He said, “Election actually took place. I went to my own ward, and I was counted, and the election took place in my ward. I cannot speak of other wards.

“We are all winners; all the 16 aspirants, I’ll call them family members because it’s a family affair. We were just looking for a flag bearer among us, and a flag bearer has emerged. Now, we have to work together.”

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