The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has upheld the results of the Ondo State primary election by declaring Rotimi Akeredolu as the party’s official candidate in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
In the decision reached on Thursday, the party went ahead to submit Akeredolu’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) against the recommendation of the Appeal committee of the party which had earlier ruled that a fresh election be conducted.
Akeredolu’s victory at the September 3 primaries has been met with various allegations of irregularities with some candidates openly condemning and appealing against it. The recommendation of the party’s Appeal committee that the election be cancelled to pave way for a new one cast further doubts as to the fate of the former president of the Nigeria Bar Association.
With the decision of the national leadership of the party affirming the election, Akeredolu’s camp was alive with celebrations on Thursday.
In a statement issued on Thursday night, Akeredolu expressed gratitude to God and the members of the NWC, the National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, and President Muhammadu Buhari, for the resolution of the crisis while calling on other aspirants to support his candidacy for the November 26 polls.
“I make bold to say to my co-aspirants in the APC, that we are all winners. None is vanquished. We are all victors. None is a loser. I hold the ticket of the party in trust for all of you. I am not perfect. No one is. But I will make up for my imperfections by drawing from your collective strength. Together we shall work in one accord to achieve success in the November 26 governorship election.”
“Now is the time to pool our energy and resources together and rescue our state from misery and misrule of the Peoples Democratic Party-led government. United we stand. United we shall be victorious,” he added.