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Akinterinwa, Oke fume as Ondo APC elders endorse Aiyedatiwa



Lucky Aiyedatiwa

Ahead of the April 20 governorship primary of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State,  party elders, under the aegis of Ondo APC Aborigines, on Tuesday, endorsed Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa as their preferred aspirant.

But the decision was rejected by the campaign organisations of two other frontline APC governorship aspirants,  Wale Akinterinwa and Olusola Oke.

At their meeting held in Akure, the state capital on Tuesday, the APC elders said they settled for Aiyedatiwa because he rated highest among the Ondo APC governorship aspirants.

The group had last week announced that it had screened the over 10 APC governorship aspirants down to three, saying it would finally narrow down to one, based on set criteria.

It was learnt that Aiyedatiwa,  a former Commissioner for Finance, Mr Wale Akinterinwa; and another strong party stalwart, Dr Paul Akintelure, who unfortunately died last week, were being considered by the group.

Speaking with journalists after their Tuesday,  the group’s chairman and a former Ambassador to Togo,  Sola Iji, announced their choice of Aiyedatiwa.

Iji said, “We resolved in our first meeting to commit ourselves to a unanimous goal in the forthcoming governorship primary of the APC in the state. We consider this as a necessary step towards asserting our true worth in the party.

“We reiterate our belief that Chief Oke will clinch the ticket of our great party at the shadow poll slated for April 20. Our belief is erected on his popularity among members of the party occasioned by his great contributions to the party, experience and capacity. We also believe that he will secure the mandate of the people of Ondo state at the November 16 governorship election in the state. To us, that will be the real and greatest endorsement.”