Ondo APC crisis: Olusola Oke dumps APC for AD
A governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State who contested in the September 3 controversial primary election of the party, Olusola Oke has dumped the party for the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to actualise his ambition.
Oke alongside two other aspirants had registered their displeasure over the primary which was won by a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Rotimi Akeredolu.They had alleged that there were irregularities in the primaries but the party later declared Akeredolu as its candidate.
According to Oke, he left the APC because his supporters wanted him to pursue his governorship ambition on another platform.
“Having giving me the support to go ahead in this new journey, I hereby declared officially that I have joined the gubernatorial race in pursuant of my ambition to be the governor in the forthcoming governorship election of our dear Ondo state”, Oke said during a meeting at his residence.
Mr Oke announced this decision to his political associates and supporters from across the 18 local government areas of the State at his residence in Akure the State capital.
Oke, who was a candidate of the PDP in the 2012 governorship election in the state, lamented that some undemocratic forces have hijacked the APC at the federal level.
He commended all the leaders of APC who have condemned the primary election and said that he decided to step aside in order to actualize the aspiration of the people of Ondo State.
INEC had a few days earlier announced the decision of AD to replace the name of its candidate, Akin Olowookere with that of Olusola Oke.
Mr Olusola Oke scored 576 votes to emerge third in the APC primary election which held amid tight security in Akure. Mr Akeredolu polled 669 votes as against his closest rival, Olusegun Abraham who polled 635 votes. A total of 24 aspirants contested the governorship ticket of the APC for the election scheduled to hold on November 26, 2016.