A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Olusola Oke who was the Gubernitorial candidate of Alliance for Democracy (AD) during the last election in Ondo state has lamented that the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has not treated him and his supporters fairly since they joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) after the election.
Reacting to a release by the APC and signed by the state Publicity Secretary, Mr. Alex Kalejaye suggesting that the party chairman in the state, Engr. Ade Adetimehin and Governor Akeredolu hold him in high esteem, Oke said nothing can be farther from the truth.
The senior lawyer in a statement signed by his Special Assistant, Omosayo David, noted that “Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the Ondo State Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Alex Kalejaye, which created the impression that Chief Olusola Oke, SAN and his group are well appreciated within the party fold.
“Mr. Kalejaye equally said that the governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN and the State Chairman, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, have been relating well with the former governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy.
“While we concede the right to speak on behalf of the State chapter of the party to Mr. Kalejaye, we hold that he erred in attributing to the Governor the good steps he never took. “We state categorically that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has no iota of respect for the person of Chief Oke.
In fact, he has treated our leader and the entire group with unimaginable disdain since we joined the party.
“Shortly after we returned to the APC, Governor Akeredolu cut off every opportunity and channel to relate with him, and ignored every efforts by Chief Oke to have audience with him.
“It is curious that a leader who professes commitment to the fortunes of his party would treat politically experienced personalities like Oke and his group in that manner.
Our conclusion is that the governor believes only in the political strength of his so-called ‘Team Aketi’ to deliver votes for the party during elections.
We are not unaware that arrogance and exclusion do not translate into electoral victory in any election, and Ondo State would not be an exemption.
We therefore want to reinforce our earlier position that we have suffered a high level of humiliation and rejection in the hand of Mr. Akeredolu and his team since we returned to the party.
Story by: Emmanuel Benjamin. Online Editor: Olamide Yinusa. Publisher/ C.E.O.; Henry Femi Ojoye Jr.