The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has debunked the claim of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, that the ruling party has picked the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan the consensus candidate.
Akeredolu said this in a statement titled “ABDULLAHI ADAMU ON A FROLIC OF HIS OWN,” signed by the governor and released via his official Facebook page, describing Senator Adamu’s claim as an “expensive joke”.
The governor noted that Adamu’s pronouncement of Mr Lawan runs contrary to the position of the majority of Northern Governors in the ruling APC as well as their counterparts in the South.
He, however, disclosed that the Chairman or anyone who holds a contrary opinion does so at a personal level, adding that the ruling party’s chairman is at best embarking on a frolic which reasonable people will consider dangerous.
The statement reads in part;
“My attention has just been drawn to the expensive joke purportedly enacted by the National Chairman of APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu. The speculation is rife that the Chairman took a flight of fancy and decided to make a pronouncement beyond his competence. He has, allegedly, made public his preferred choice as the candidate of the APC for the Office of the President in the next general elections.”
“This alleged pronouncement runs contrary to the position of majority of Northern Governors in APC and their counterparts in the South. Our agreement is unanimous on this issue. The office of the President should be contested for by qualified persons from the Southern part of the country if the move to get a consensus candidate fails. There has been no shift from this settled issue.”
“Let it be known that the Chairman or anyone who holds a contrary opinion does so at a personal level. He is at best embarking on a frolic which reasonable people will consider dangerous.”
Mr Akeredolu reiterated that it is an agreement within the party that the power must shift to the south. He concluded;
“We are grieving but have not forgotten that Power MUST shift to the south. On this we stand.”
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