AKURE - Following the controversy that surrounded his selection as a consensus candidate of the Unity Forum of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Olusola Oke, on Sunday maintained that his selection was in order.
Oke was last week announced as the consensus candidate of the forum by a former deputy governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, who is the chairman of the forum.
However, other aspirants who are members of the forum have dissociated themselves from the decision.
Some of the members alleged that Oke had an agreement with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, to assist the governor in his quest for re-election and in return, Akerodolu will support Oke to succeed him.
However, the Chief Olusola Oke Campaign Organisation, on Sunday, in Akure the state capital, in a statement described the allegation as falsehood, mischievous.
The statement by the coordinator of the group, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, said one of the leaders of the forum, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, accused Oke, on a radio programme, of planning to betray the group after his consensus selection but COOCO insisted that there was no pact between Oke and Akeredolu.
The statement read in pact, “We have listened to the complaints and issues raised by some governorship aspirants in the APC Unity Forum and one of the leaders of the forum, Senator Ajayi Boroffice.
“While it is the legitimate right of any member of the forum to make comment about the report, we wish to express deep concern about the statement made by Senator Ajayi Boroffice, who on a radio programme alleged that the adopted aspirant of the Unity Forum, Chief Oke, has a pact with Governor Akeredolu; that Chief Oke will step down in a week to the APC primary. The senator alleged further that Akeredolu has promised to hand over to him in return.
“The Olusola Oke Campaign Organisation takes exemption to the statement made by the distinguished Senator. There is no iota of truth in the statement. It is meant to denigrate the person of Chief Olusola Oke. The senator and indeed everybody know that only God has the power of the promise of the future. It lies not in the hands of man.
“While we will not begrudge him for expressing dissent opinion about the decision of the leadership of the forum, we are unable to accept a statement which Senator Boroffice knew or ought to know was a blatant falsehood. Why the distinguished senator chose to peddle such unfortunate and unfounded falsehood is yet unknown to us.”
The COOCO said Oke would continue on the path of genuine reconciliation with the aggrieved members of the forum and also “wish to state unequivocally that we shall respect the leaders of APC and we shall not waiver on our commitment to the collective struggle of the Unity Forum.” (punch)
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