Ondo 2024: Seek support of aggrieved aspirants, Emami tells Aiyedatiwa

Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Ayirimi Emami, has appealed to the Ondo State Governor and winner of the party ticket in last weekend’s governorship primary, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, to seek genuine reconciliation with all the aggrieved aspirants who contested with him ahead of the November off-season election in the Southwest state.

In the primary conducted by a team led by Kogi State Governor, Usman Ododo, his colleague, Governor Aiyedatiwa, was declared the winner, having polled 48,569 votes in the Direct Primary exercise to defeat all the other 15 aspirants. Some of the aspirants have since kicked against the outcome of the election, alleging that Governor Ododo’s team did not follow the party guidelines.

While congratulating Governor Aiyedatiwa, the APC chieftain described his victory in the primary as a testament to his impactful governance in the few months he has taken over as governor of Ondo State. He urged him to broker peace with the aggrieved aspirants and accommodate them in the course of his campaigns for the overall interest of the APC and the development of the oil-producing state.

Maintaining that Governor Aiyedatiwa’s stance should be “no victor, no vanquished” towards the other aspirants on the outcome of the primary, Chief Emami said the cooperation of other aspirants would make the Party victory seamless and accelerate the developmental strides being witnessed in the state.

He equally appealed to other aspirants who contested the APC governorship primary to sheathe their swords and support the candidacy of Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

Some of the contenders for the ticket won by Governor Aiyedatiwa included the senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District, Jimoh Ibrahim; Olusola Oke SAN; former President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Prof. Francis Faduyile; a mechanical engineer, Dr. Funmilayo Waheed-Adekojo; and the National Vice Chairman of the APC (South West), Isaac Kekemeke.

Others were Dr. Soji Ehinlanwo, Akinfolarin Samuel, Okunjimi Odimayo, Adewale Akinterinwa, Olugbenga Edema, Brig. Gen. Ohunyeye Olamide (retd), Morayo Lebi, Oladiran Iyatan, and Engineer Ifeoluwa Oyedele.



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