The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said reports that the former governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi has been endorsed as the next deputy national chairman of the party are untrue.
In a statement, the Ekiti State APC spokesman Sam Oluwalana said no one mentioned the matter of endorsement at the meeting held at Oshogbo. He said the report was reckless and aimed to cause mischief in the party.
“I was present at the meeting and nobody said anything about endorsing anybody for the position at that meeting,” Oluwalana said.
“We made our position clear that our state has to serve out its tenure and that we are endorsing Senator Gbenga Aluko for the position.
“The South West chairman of the party, pastor Oluwajana received a petition which we submitted at the meeting and promised to forward same to the National Secretariat if the party. That was all that transpired at the meeting. For anybody to say or report anything to the contrary is not only false, but pure mischief.”
Also, a former communications minister Adebayo Shittu warned that endorsing former governor Ajimobi will bring misfortune to the party in Southwest
According to Shittu, the former governor has only being a source of embarrassment to the state.
He tagged Ajimobi as an anti-democratic agent, who denied members of the party in the state the dividends of democracy in his eight-year reign as governor.
“Ajimobi’s choice would be a very bad luck for our dear party, APC, in Oyo State and South-West Nigeria as a whole,” Shittu said in a statement.
“That somebody whose bad luck led to APC losing Oyo State to the less fancied PDP in the 2019 gubernatorial and State Assembly elections in the State is now being recycled and foisted on APC in Yorubaland is most insensitive.
“What democratic credentials is Abiola Ajimobi bringing on board when, as a two-time Governor, the self-styled constituted authority never, for once, allowed democratic party primaries to hold in Oyo State APC.
“He only organised what, at best, was a kangaroo local govt election of officials who were merely handpicked by Ajimobi to become APC candidate.”