Oke Denies Plans To Return To PDP

Following emerging rumours of his plan to dump the Alliance for Democracy party after running unsuccessfully on her platform for the Ondo 2016 gubernatorial elections, Chief Olusola Oke has denied entertaining such plans.

Oke, who spoke through his media aide, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, said he never planned to go back to his former party.

He said, “Recently, he met with his supporters in the state and it was resolved that they remain in AD, so there is nothing like the issue of PDP, it was not even on the table.”

Oke left the PDP in 2015 and defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) shortly after the Presidential election, won by the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.

He also left the APC in 2016 after losing the governorship ticket of the party to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu at the September 3, 2016 primary of the party before contesting the election under the platform of the AD but lost the election to Akeredolu of the APC.

Earlier, a report claimed that Oke had been meeting secretly with the leadership of the party in an effort to return to the party.

Ondo Polls: Oke Presented With AD Flag, As Party Unites

Before a mammoth crowd in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the Alliance for Democracy (AD) Governorship Candidate, Chief Olusola Oke and his deputy, Alhaji Ganny Dauda were on Monday presented the flags of the party, just as the legal tussle threatening to undermine his victory at the November 26, 2016 was laid to rest before the cheering crowd.

At the occasion which was witnessed by leaders of the AD in Nigeria, including its National Leader, Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa, the National Chairman, Chief Joseph Avazi and other top officials, the National Legal Adviser for AD, who is already before the Court challenging the emergence of Oke and his deputy, told the people of the State that there was no more crisis in AD.

His words: “there was a court action based on the on misunderstanding on the appropriateness of Chief Olusola Oke emergence because his victory is sure we don’t want some people to go to court after his victory to challenge him.

“This was why I was in court. And the fact that I am here addressing this mammoth crowd today shows that there is no more crisis in the party, no cracks within the party, we are one indivisible party.

“There are several means of getting a case out of court; by abandonment, by withdrawal and by discontinuance. There is no more case in court as we have resolved the issues raised and I can assure you that Olusola Oke will be the next governor of this state. Oke means mountain in Yoruba language, like his name he is on top. Ondo state will be on top, Yorubaland is on top. No matter how tall an Iroko tress may be, it cannot be taller than the mountain, Olusola Oke is on top and he will win, ” he told the elated crowd who thronged the Democracy Park .

In his address, the National Leader of AD, Senator Akinfenwa , said: “For thirteen years, we have been in the wilderness, now it has pleased God to give us a leader that is capable of putting Ondo back on tracks.

“If you look at the PDP, it is full of crises, people deceive people, they are at each other’s throats. The APC too is not faring better, they are an amalgam of strange bed fellows who cannot deliver on their promises. But we are happy today that the party of papa Obafemi Awolowo, that of Papa Adekunle Ajasin and Papa Adebayo Adefarati is here and I want you all to vote for the AD.”

“If you vote for Olusola Oke, he will replicate all those good programmers of old, he will revamp our education, bring back the Revival of our agricultural sector, education shall also be brought back to reckoning,” the AD leader assured.

Earlier in his short remarks, the AD National Chairman assured that the party was poised to form the next government given the spontaneous show of love for a party that merely came into reckoning in barely two months.

According to him, a new dawn was now breaking in Ondo State and AD was set to bring back the lost glory of the Sunshine State.

“We have ruled this state before, this is our second coming and we shall not disappoint you”, he declared.

In his acceptance speech, Olusola Oke assured that under his watch, Ondo State would be better.

“Some people have been out on campaigns of calumny against me that I will abandon most of the projects I will meet on ground.

“I want to assure you all that we are not out to destroy whatever we meet but to build on whatever we meet on ground.

“Today, Ondo State is undergoing a difficult situation, all our industries are dead and there is wants and abject poverty in the land

“The priority of my government shall be the good of the people of Ondo State. I greet our mothers, we shall ensure we give you life abundance, we shall give you money to trade. Our workers shall receive their salaries and other entitlements as at when due.

“Our youths shall be gainfully employed as we shall wake up all our dead industries and make them functional again.

“I want our people to be wary of those who pelt you with hardships yet ask you to vote for them, they can never give you good governors but hardship compounded.

“I will be in a hurry to deliver good governance, all our dead industries will be completed in a hurry, we shall all laugh and be glad that we vote the best party, the Alliance for Democracy, into power on November 26, 2016, “Olusola Oke assured the cheering crowd.

Ondo Polls: Mimiko Has No Pact With Other Parties – PDP

The Ahmed Makarfi’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ondo State has dismissed a report that Governor Olusegun Mimiko asked PDP supporters to support other parties ahead of the November 26 governorship poll in the state.

The Ondo PDP said it had no alternative plan but to contest the November 26 governorship election, fielding Mr. Eyitayo Jegede as the party’s candidate.

Speaking in an interview, the state Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Banji Okunomo, stressed that Mimiko had no plan to support any candidate other than Jegede.

He said, “We are contesting this election with Eyitayo Jegede as the PDP candidate. We have no doubt about it because we know we are going to get justice at the appeal court. We are not talking with any opposition party.

In the same vein, the Chairman of the Labour Party in the state, Mr. Wale Gbakinro, has denied that Mimiko had any talks with the leaders of the party.

Also, the Alliance for Democracy’s candidate, Chief Olusola Oke said Mimiko did not hold any talks with him.
Meanwhile , the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, will on Monday and Tuesday inaugurate two additional mega schools in the state.

According to a statement by the state’s Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, Mimiko will inaugurate a mega school in Oke –Agbe, Akoko-North senatorial district tomorrow (Monday).

#OndoDecides: AD Died The Day Adefarati Was Buried, Says APC Chief

The deputy chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Engr. Ade Adetimehin at the weekend said the Alliance for Democracy (AD) has been buried with the former governor of the state, late Chief Adebayo Adefarati.

Adetimehin said the AD’s life span ended the day the former governor was committed to the mother earth.

Adefarati, who was a former governor under the platform of AD, ruled Ondo State between 1999 and 2003.

He also emerged the party’s Presidential candidate during the 2007 general elections but died few weeks to the election.

But, Adetimehin, who spoke with reporters in Akure, the state capital noted that going back to the days of AD is like returning to Egypt.

Adetimehin who is also the chairman of Akeredolu Campaign Platform (ACP) stressed that those who are marketing the AD must first wake up the late governor.

He said the flag and symbol of the party had been buried with the late governor.

The APC chieftain who served as one of the aides of the late governor and also the chairman of his burial committee said since there was no one, who can wake up the dead, it will be difficult for any politician in the state to revive AD.

“We have two governments, the progressives and conservative and we can’t have two progressives in Ondo State. APC is the only progressives party in Ondo State.

“Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, Baba Bisi Akande, Rauf Aregbesola and others are progressives and they are members of the APC and they will never support anyone who is not progressive-minded.

“AD is just an assembly of desperate politicians, who are hiding under the platform of progressives to achieve their selfish agendas.

“These set of people have been jumping from one political party to another. I have been in the progressive for 13 years, ask them where were they in the last 13 years?

“Nobody can wake the dead. Jesus Christ of Nazareth was the only dead who arose on the third day, nobody can raise the dead again

“We have left Egypt and anyone who wants to revive AD must wake up our late seige, Chief Adebayo Adefarati because the flag and symbols of AD were buried with him”

Ondo Protests: Call Mimiko To Order, AD Urges Buhari

The Alliance for Democracy(AD) in Ondo State has urged the President Muhammadu Buhari not to be cajoled by the antics of the Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko over the mayhem that occurred on Friday on the choice of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the State.

According to a Press Statement by the State Secretary of the AD in the State, Dr Sola Agboola, on Saturday, instead, the Governor should be held accountable for the organised mayhem which he regretted, “has even continued since Saturday morning.

The AD alleged that PDP thugs and street urchins hired to carry out the acts of brigandage have been blocking roads in Akure, the State capital to sustain the ” lies
concocted by Mimiko to the President that the State was on fire owing
to the list pasted by the Independent national Electoral Commission
(INEC)”.

The AD while describing the situation as an irony and a sad pointer that Olusegun Mimiko who got into office via the instrumentality of the court could surreptitiously resort to violence even while before an appellate court to redress the matter, said that it amounted to deceit to resort to violence to seek justice.

While describing AD as a peaceful party committed to the peace and
tranquillity in the State, the Secretary wondered why Dr Mimiko should attempt to impose the wish of a tiny members of his party over those of the majority who are contented with the court and INEC’s verdicts.

“In order to make his subterfuge work, the embattled Governor threatened the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo with deposition if he fails to incite the market men and women and force close the Main market in order to make his ploy seem real.

“At the same time, hired thugs from outside of the State in cahoots with the some members of the drivers’ union, whose State Chairman is the Governor’s kinsman from Ondo, caused mayhem in order to whip sentiments for his minion, who regrettably is a lawyer.

“We are calling on the law enforcement agencies to call Governor Mimiko and his protégé, Mr Eyitayo Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) to order and hold them responsible for any infraction and breakdown of law and order. They are the authors of this organised mayhem.

“The AD as a peaceful party abhors violence and destruction of public properties and we view with seriousness this shameful act of brigandage to force the hands of the law to do your wish by fire by force as Mr Mimiko is doing. The present mayhem is an organised one being perpetrated by the Ondo State Government and not that of the reaction of the people. Besides, that it came a day after the said incident happened and far into the midmorning when workers, market men and women, school children have gone to their respective offices and schools speaks volumes,” Agboola stated.

#OndoDecides: Oke Not Our Candidate, AD Insists

National Legal Adviser, Alliance for Democracy (AD), Mr Kehinde Aworele, said the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) did not recognise Chief Olusola Oke as its governorship candidate in Ondo state. Aworele said this on Friday when addressing newsmen in Akure.

Oke, who claims to be AD’s gubernatorial flag bearer for the election coming up on Nov. 26, had in 2012, contested governorship election in the state on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and lost.

He defected to All Progressives Congress (APC), where he vied for governorship ticket for the November poll but was unsuccessful. He immediately switched to AD and claimed to have picked its gubernatorial mandate for the election.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the AD National Organising Secretary, Mr Ibrahim Abdollah, had in a communiqué on Oct. 14 in Akure, after the party’s NEC meeting said the party was unaware of Oke’s candidature.

Aworele told newsmen that there were certain decisions taken solely by the National Chairman of the party, Chief Joseph Avazi, which ought to have been done by the NEC. He maintained that the outcome of Oct.

14 NEC meeting remained binding, saying, “we have said that Olusola Oke is not known to the party because he does not follow proper procedure of the party, so he is not even a member of AD. “On the issue of his eligibility, I will not comment on that because it is pending before the Federal High Court, Akure.

“But, I can tell you that he is not a member of our party because he has not complied with the constitutional procedure of our party by which a candidate should emerge.’’

He said the party had a candidate named Mr Akin Olowookere, who purportedly stepped down for Olusola Oke, but had not formally informed the party. Aworele said: “It was some members of the party who went to the media that we had rescinded our earlier decision through the communiqué issued by the party’s NEC.

“There was information that Olusola Oke met some members who later spoke against our decision but this cannot be valid.

“As at today, we have passed a vote of no confidence on the national chairman, national secretary and national auditor of the party and it is the NEC of the party that can make a change of that decision.

“I don’t have anything against Oke as a person; he is a nice gentleman and a member of my profession but he should not come through the backdoor.’’ He said the party needed more members but that whoever wanted to join should take the proper channel in order not to jeopardise the party pedigree and integrity.

Reacting, Oke’s Campaign Manager, Mr Bola Ilori, said that AD’s legal adviser’s position was a “distraction and entertainment’’.

#OndoDecides: PDP, APC Jittery Of Our Candidate – AD

The Alliance for Democracy (AD) in Ondo State has accused opposition parties of unleashing thugs against its members.

Addressing reporters in Akure, the state capital, the Director-General, Olusola Oke Campaign Organisation (OOCO), Bola Ilori said AD members were recently attacked in Idanre, Ose, Ikare, Ondo and some other places by thugs of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Ilori, a former Special Adviser to Governor Rauf Aregbesola said “arising from the intimidating profile of AD candidate, Olusola Oke and the growing membership of the party, we have discovered that the citizenry are yet confronted with a dying ruling party in the state willing to descend to the lowest in order to win the coming election.

“We have uncovered the wicked synergy between highly placed persons in APC and PDP within and outside the state to raise spurious allegations against the flagship of the AD, Oke, these allegations, according to their plans would bother on alleged and imaginary cases of financial impropriety.

“The weapons of state are to be deployed in making sure that the image of our candidate is brought to disrepute through the procurement of the service of a notable media house to do this hatchet job for them which is nothing but an attempt at keeping opposition at bay”.

On the report that some members in Prof. Ajayi Boroffice’s camp have decided to work for the APC candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, Ilori said AD was unperturbed.

He added that an AD administration would revive Olokola Project, focus on wealth creation, rural integration, sustainable education system, enhanced workers welfare and improved health services among others.

The APC candidate last weekend appealed to party members to support him to win the forthcoming election.

AD Leaders Fault NEC, Affirms Oke’s Candidacy For Ondo

Contrary to last Friday’s action of some persons, the national leadership of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) said those who held a meeting where the candidature of Chief Olusola Oke was discussed do not have the mandate to do so.

The National Vice Chairman, North-east, of the party, Alhaji Magaji Kwairanga, who stated this in Akure, Ondo State, at a news conference, affirmed that Oke is the authentic candidate of the party for the November 26 poll.

The conference was also attended by the National Vice Chairman, North-west, Alhaji Sulaiman Aliyu; the Deputy National Treasurer, Sagir Ahmed Ali; the National Organising Secretary, Abdulahi Ibrahim; a National Ex Officio member, Saadatu Bello, seven states chairmen and other national officers.

At the news conference, all the national officers, who were led by the National Organising Secretary, Abdulahi, to reject Oke’s candidature and pass a vote of no confidence on the National Chairman, Chief Joseph Avazi, and other party chieftains, reneged their decisions.

Kwairanga dispelled last Friday communique issued by some allegedly aggrieved leaders of the party after an emergency meeting in Akure to discredit Oke.

He cautioned that misunderstanding among some persons within the party should not be stretched to destroy the chances of the party, especially in the forthcoming election in the state.

“We believe the former national chairman, if he has any issue to settle with his South-west people, should not use AD as a platform. The party, AD, a national party, is now led by a national chairman, a northerner.

“Alliance for Democracy is a national party, therefore, we will not allow any leader of the party to use the party to settle any disagreement he or she has with the any of the leaders in the southwest,” he said.

Kwairange said the meeting earlier, “though not at the instance of the national chairman and the national secretary, was a purported NEC meeting. It lacks all constitutional right and that all Northerners were misled,” he said.

They said Oke and his running mate, Alhaji Gani Daudu, have fulfilled all criteria as spelt out by their party’s constitution and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC’s) guidelines.

“It is a known fact that Dr. Akin Olowokere handed over the gubernatorial ticket of AD voluntarily to Oke. It is also a truism that the state chapter of AD, our great party, was involved and also consented to the candidature of Oke.

“Therefore, the national chairman and secretary of the party are constitutionally empowered to forward the name of Oke to INEC considering the constraint of time.

“Let us also state that the NEC has no issue and if there are issues relating to NEC meeting, which is internal affairs of the party, the issues will be handled internally. As we speak here, Oke’s name has been duly submitted to INEC as the candidate of our party,” they said.

The leader expressed optimism that Oke would win the forthcoming election in Ondo State.

#OndoDecides: Don’t Vote Oke, Abraham Tells Supporters

The runner-up in the just concluded governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Mr. Segun Abraham yesterday warned his supporters not to vote the gubernatorial candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the forthcoming November 26, election.

Abraham, who addressed a mammoth crowd of supporters at his hometown, Ikare-Akoko, told them that Oke was the reason Akoko failed to get APC governorship ticket.

He added that such people, who were even new in the APC at the time, could not be trusted to represent the interest of the people as it was clear they are only interested in fulfilling their own political ambitions.

He assured his supporters that he would still reclaim his mandate.

He noted that he had approached a court to seek a redress on the outcome of the primary election.

He vowed that he and the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu would not leave the party.

His words, “It is unfortunate that some people within the APC, the people we all now know, employed fraudulent means to rob us of our right by colluding with elements outside our state.

“But, I can assure you that by the grace of God, we will get back our mandate. Don’t listen to the naysayers and liars. I am not leaving this party. Our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is not leaving the party.

“We are already in court to seek redress, and more so, we are still in talks within the party ranks to get back our stolen mandate.

“Fact and figures don’t lie. A fraud was committed. Some people connived to pad our delegates lists, disenfranchised close to 200 delegates and substituted them with fake ones.

“That’s a fact that was established by the Electoral Appeal committee, but wrongfully vetoed by Oyegun.

“But be rest assured, victory is coming and our mandate will be reclaimed.”

#OndoDecides: AD Declares Oke As Candidate

The Alliance for Democracy in Ondo State has declared a former governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Olusola Oke, as its candidate for the November 26 governorship election in the state.

Oke defected to the AD after the national leadership of the APC allegedly failed to adopt the recommendation of the Electoral Appeal Committee, which recommended the annulment of the September 3, 2016, primary of the party in Ondo State.

The state Chairman of the AD, Mr. Seriki Adebobola, who made the announcement in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Monday, said Oke had the capacity to win the election.

The AD had earlier submitted the name of one Akin Olowookere to the Independent National Electoral Commission after winning the party’s primary in September, but the party chairman noted that Olowokere had stepped down for Oke as the candidate of the party in the election.

He said with the coming of Oke to the AD, the party would win the forthcoming governorship election, adding that the party stood a better chance to win the governorship poll with the former National Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party in its camp.

Tinubu Told Us To Join APC – Bola Ilori

A former chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Hon. Bola Ilori has said the National leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was the one who instructed them to join the Alliance for Democracy.
According to Ilori, Tinubu’s decision was taken following the way he was treated on the party’s governorship primary election which was upheld on September 3, by the national executive committee members, led by Chief John Oyegun.

It will be recalled that Tinubu had been reportedly supporting one of the aspirants, Mr. Segun Abraham to become the party’s candidate, ahead of the November 26, gubernatorial election in Ondo State.

But, his anointed aspirant came second with 635 votes, while Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, was declared winner with 669 votes.

Ilori, who is a stunched supporter of another aspirant, Chief Olusola Oke was said to have raised alarm over alleged padding of the delegates’ list.

But their action failed as the APC NWC threw out the report of the Appeal panel on the ground that the committee did a shady job.

However, Oke has defected to AD and is expected to fly the flag of the party in the coming poll.

Ilori, who spoke on TVC political programme said ”I don’t know APC before; it was Asiwaju Tinubu that said we should move to APC and we did.

“He has said AD is the option now; even If he said AA we won’t look back before we move to the party.

“All they are doing in the National headquarters of the party is Anti-Tinubu policies; not in Ondo alone but also in Kogi, Edo, Ogun and other parts of the country.

“Let Oyegun resign first and the problem of the party will be drastically reduced.

“Some people said it is because I want to be deputy governor at all cost. No! No! that is not true, we are fighting for what is not right.

“The younger generation of the party is bitter with what is happening in the party, we don’t have option than to move out.

“Some people are using president Buhari’s name to do the evil but I don’t know why the President kept silent.

“Someone who keeps silent in a situation like this, it is either the person is a coward or confused.”