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ONDO 2024: Oke Declares Support For Aiyedatiwa Despite Grievances Over APC Primary

Chief Olusola Oke, a four-time gubernatorial aspirant in Ondo State, has committed to supporting Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the November 16, 2024 election, despite his reservations about the party’s primary process.

Oke, who lost the APC ticket to Aiyedatiwa, hosted the governor at his residence in Akure, the state capital, on Thursday.

During the meeting, Oke explained his decision to challenge Aiyedatiwa’s emergence as the party’s flagbearer, citing his respect for the APC’s internal processes.

He said, “Despite my grievances, I will support the governor. I will not gain anything if I go to court, win, and the party does not have a candidate, so I will prefer APC to be in power.

“Although I had planned to contest and win and invite the governor to come and support me, it did not work out as I planned, because God knows best.”

Oke revealed that he had met with Aiyedatiwa twice since the primary election and decided against pursuing legal action.

He stressed his commitment to the party, saying, “if I wanted to fight, there are several ways to fight.

“We would have gone to court and we will not have a candidate like the Zamfara case, if my prayers are granted.

“I am not an emergency politician who will go out to hire crowds, I have aspired to be governor four times,” he said.

The politician advised Governor Aiyedatiwa not to marginalise party members who didn’t support him during the primary.

“Call your people to order so that we can win together,” Oke urged while reminding the governor of the challenges facing party members due to its policies.

Governor Aiyedatiwa, in response, praised Oke for his maturity and support.

He acknowledged that the primary process was part of the democratic journey and assured that there are no factions within the Ondo State APC.

“Oke has demonstrated uncommon interest and maturity with his gesture,” Aiyedatiwa said.

“I have not been offended in any way. Even in my ward, some did not support me. What you have done is democratic, and I endorse all that was said about you.”

The governor promised to treat all party members equally and with fairness, recognizing the importance of unity for the party’s success in the upcoming election.

“You won’t be an outcast in our party and I thank you for believing in me,” the governor said.

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