…I’ve Lost Confidence In The Process -Kekemeke
As the clock ticks towards the primary election of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Onod State, three more governorship aspirants on the platform of the party have stepped down for the incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
This is coming on the heels an earlier throwing in the towel by another aspirant, Ife Oyedele, who had stepped down for Akeredolu on Sunday night.
The aspirants are: Dr Olusegun Abraham, Jimi Odimayo and Dr Nathaniel Adojutelegan; who said that they took the decision in a bid to move the party forward.
Meanwhile, one of the remaining aspirants in the race, Hon Isaac Kekemeke has said that he no longer has confidence in the process leading to the indirect primary election that will produce the candidate of the party ahead of the October, 2020 gubernatorial election.
Insisting that the primary election committee led by Yahaya Bello, governor of Kogi State was not fair to many of the aspirants, kekemeke said, “I said as much to Governor Yahaya Bello and his team. They were handing the delegates list to us at exactly 11: 20 pm.
“I received mine at 11:22 pm on the 19th of July, and I was seeing guidelines for the first time at about 11:22 pm. For me this process is unfair. It is aimed at producing a predetermined result because all we have heard about this election had been heard through government officials, sources that are friendly or campaigning for the governor to return.
“He knows when it is going to be wards, he knows when it is going to be local government headquarters and he knows when it is going to be at the state capital.
“l have lost confidence in the process. It is not about who wins or loses, all I am saying is that those who lose must lose fairly and those who win must win fairly.
“A party must not subvert Its process and must not treat its members as if the members needed the party to survive much more than the party needs members to survive.
“The party must learn to be fair. A level playing field has not been provided. It doesn’t matter even if I win. This is not the fair thing to do. You do not conduct an election where you have collected money from the people and have screened them but you fail to let them know how and where the election is taking place and you only called them to a meeting at 11 pm and speak to them as if you were speaking to boys.”
With this development, there are now eight aspirants in the race for the sole ticket of the APC for the Ondo State gubernatorial race and they include: Akeredolu, Olusola Oke, Olaide Adelami, Bukola Adetula, Jumoke Anifowose, Sola Iji, Isaac Kekemeke, and Awodeyi Akinsehinwa.