The All Progressive Congress, APC has described rumors making the rounds that the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is planning to join the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as a ruse.
The State Chapter of the party made this known on Monday in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Alex Kalejaye. The statement described Akeredolu as a progressive who will not mingle with any party aside the APC.
“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Ondo State has been drawn to a rumor making the rounds that the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, is hobnobbing with the Peoples Democratic Party, with a view to defecting to that party ahead of the next governorship election.
"The party considers this rumour as wicked and a complete lie, and urge the public to disregard it. Though we would have preferred to ignore this irresponsible rumour, it is however expedient to dispel the rumour, so it will not pollute the minds of our members, and mislead the public.
“The Governor has never contemplated joining a party of the conservatives, let alone contesting election on its platform. He hails from the bedrock of progressives in the State, and has always been a progressive. It is also imperative to inform the rumour-mongers that Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, invested so much into the development of APC in Ondo State. Today, he is well respected and appreciated in the APC, and therefore has no reason whatsoever to flirt with another political party.
“We are not unaware that some opposition parties are feeling intimidated by the sterling performance of the Akeredolu-led administration, and are planning to distract him through whatever means. This is a mission in futility. The government is not perturbed about this or any other ploy. The revolution in the infrastructure development will be sustained; massive investment drive won’t slow down; commitment to workers’ welfare remains a top priority.”
The statement added that, “for the avoidance of doubt, the good people of Ondo State, who are the ultimate beneficiaries of these initiatives have consistently maintained that they are comfortable with the present administration, and will always support it. “The Ondo State APC is confident that the party will continue to fortify its strength, and support the government in its development drive, building of the party and its members.
“The party appeals to its supporters to disregard the baseless and misleading publication, and consign it to the dustbin of history, where it rightly belongs,” the statement read.