ONE of the aggrieved governorship contenders, Olarenwaju Kazeem, has asked fellow aspirants to sheath their swords and accept the choice of Chief Olusola Oke as the consensus candidate of the group.
Kazeem said the call became imperative in order to put in place a strong candidate in the party’s primary.
“The group’s main goal of installing an APC governor instead of Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu would be defeated if the aspirants and members of the Unity Forum disagree over the candidature of Oke for the party primary”, he said.
The aspirant advised his colleagues “to fully utilise the window of dialogue and reconciliation offered them by the leaders of the group and avoid playing into the hands of those who do not wish the party or the group the opportunity of producing the governor in the next election.”
Kazeem went on, “The current conflict aimed at portraying the Unity Forum and its leadership in bad light is unnecessary because members remain as one family; no challenge should be insurmountable to the group.
“The process that produced Oke was initially approved by all aspirants and the process was transparent. We need to set aside sentiment and work for Oke emergence.”
The aspirant, a former Commissioner for Agriculture, however, cautioned the state and national leadership of the APC to avoid the re-occurrence of what the happened to the party in Zamfara where the opposition was declared as winner by a court as a result of internal wrangling and litigation among APC stakeholders in the 2019 general elections.
According to him “Oke remains one of the politicians in the state that can defeat Akeredolu in the party’s primary”.