THE All Progressives Congress Party has denied reports of any second term in office endorsement for Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, by the ruling party as being reported.
Disclosing this to the media on Tuesday, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, LanreIssa-Onilu, stated that neither the National Chairman nor the National Working Committee has the power to endorse any candidate, describing the purported endorsement as a “grievous falsehood” to create disaffection among members.
“We hereby refute this spurious statement and wish to state unequivocally that neither the national chairman nor any member of the party’s National Working Committee has the power to endorse any aspirant.
He added that APC is not in the business of endorsing aspirants. “As a progressive party, our ultimate guiding principle is strict adherence to the tenets of participatory democracy. Our members in Ondo State and elsewhere should ignore this unfounded report as we move close to governorship primaries in both Edo and Ondo States.
“It should be expected that mischief-makers would do their worst to impugn on the process. As always, they would fail in this current campaign.
Our responsibility as the National Working Committee is to provide level playing ground for every eligible aspirant to contest the ticket.
Our focus now is to ensure proper screening of aspirants, due diligence and conduct free, transparent and credible primaries to elect the party’s candidates for both elections. Our members should continue to count on us to provide responsible leadership and act strictly by the rules at all times.”
It would be recalled that an intra-party group identified as Unity Mandate Agenda Party had earlier reported that the National Working Committee unanimously endorsed a “second term ticket” for Governor Akeredolu shortly after his meeting with the party’s executive in Abuja.