PHOTOS: Ondo APC should remain one big family – Aiyedatiwa

By John Odunjo

Ondo State Governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, on Monday urged All Progressives Congress stakeholders in Ondo State to put the events of the last few months behind them and come together as one big family.

Aiyedatiwa said, “To me, what happened in the past was just politics. It was not a fight; it was not a battle; it was mere politics and I can say that I did not take any offence from that. The most important thing for us is to remain as one big family. There should be no division in our party”.

The governor, who spoke in Akure during an interactive session with stakeholders of APC from across the 18 local government areas of the state, urged them to embrace peace and unity ahead of the coming governorship election in the state.

He said, “There is the need to make our party stronger and that necessitated the idea of this enlarged stakeholders meeting to bring everybody on board. Our party leaders and members are critical stakeholders that we cannot afford to neglect.

“There have been complaints from many of our party officers at local levels of not being carried along in the scheme of things. That must now be a thing of the past. All our party officers from ward to local government to state levels will be given the recognition they deserve.”

The governor said he would liaise with the party leadership to ensure the smooth running of the party structure, regular stakeholders’ engagement and the operations of the Leaders’ Caucus and the Governor’s Advisory Council.

Speaking on the forthcoming governorship election in the state, the governor urged the party leaders to ensure peaceful conduct of aspirants and their followers, adding that there must be a rancorous-free primary election and peaceful governorship election in the State.

The governor, who paid glowing tributes to former governor, the late Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, promised that the state government would work with the family to give the late governor a befitting state burial and to immortalize his name and legacies.

Aiyedatiwa thanked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for showing keen interest in the peace and development of Ondo State, adding that the president was happy with the current tranquility being enjoyed in the State.

APC State Chairman, Engr Ade Adetimehin, who commended Aiyedatiwa for the timely engagement of party stakeholders, stressed that party leaders must put the past behind to foster unity ahead of the coming governorship election.

Those present at the meeting included members of the State House of Assembly, led by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Olamide Oladiji; members of the State Executive Council, led by the Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladuni Odu; and former Deputy Governors, Alhaji Ali Olanusi and Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo;

They included former State Chairman of the party, Amb. Sola Iji; former SSG, Hon. Sunday Abegunde; member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Biola Makinde; Chief Segun Ojo; Chief Jamiu Ekungba; and Mrs Jumoke Anifowoshe, among many others

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