The Ondo State chapter of the Alliance for Democracy( AD) has defended its choice of Chief Olusola Oke as its governorship candidate in the November 26 election, saying that the former All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain is qualified, because he has met the requirements.
It debunked the report by some youth under the aegis of the Akin Olowookere Youth Vanguard (AOYV), claiming that they still recognised Olowoolere as the party’s flag bearer.
Speaking at press conference in Akure, the state capital, yesterday, the AD chairman, Seriki Adebobola, said the party has a procedure which a governorship candidate must pass through and that Oke has met all the conditions and was consequently adopted with the consent of Olowookere.
He said: “We are using this forum to disown the youth in their unruly action to embarrass our candidate. We want Chief Oke to note that such statements did not emanate from the AD.”
He recalled that Oke was planning to defect to the Action Alliance (AA), but quickly retraced his steps by joining the AD, because it is a platform that has structure all over the Southwest.
Adebobola said Oke was embraced and welcomed into the fold, because he is as a man with sound academic and administrative pedigree, which would make the AD the party to beat in the November 26 poll.
He said: “Olowookere stepped down for Oke formally with due process; he signed all the necessary papers with the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and consequently the electoral body has ratified him as the AD flag bearer in the election.
“Similarly, we want to inform the public that Olowookere never took a kobo before handing over the ticket to Oke; hence he has been honoured as the AD leader in Ondo State. We want to say categorically that such youth association does not exist.
“They want to create confusion within our party; we know the antics of the opposition. Thus, we are not moved; we remain focused, because our target is victory on November 26. We know the faceless youths were sponsored by those desperate for power; they can embark on any prank, but we are winning the election.”
The AD chairman urged Oke to continue with his strategic move of wooing voters to the party to facilitate his victory and that of the party in the election.
Source : ThenationonlineThenationonline