The Caretaker Committee of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ogun State on Tuesday gave the gubernatorial candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), in the March 2019 governorship election in the state, Adekunle Akinlade, and his followers planning to return to the ruling party some conditions that must be fulfilled for their full acceptance and integration back into the party.
Akinlade and party chieftains, who are loyalists of former Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, had on Monday announced their return to the APC which they left last year over the disputed gubernatorial primary.
Akinlade, the preferred candidate of the immediate past governor Amosun, lost in the March 9 governorship election in the state and also lost in the tribunal, Appeal and Supreme Courts serially.
The Supreme Court, on December 18, dismissed the case filed against the 2019 election of Dapo Abiodun as the governor of Ogun State.
The court ruled that the applicants did not prove their allegation of non-compliance to the electoral laws, saying, “There is a failure to establish the substance of the alleged non-compliance.”
He (Akinlade) and his followers who contested against APC now intend to return to the ruling party after his application was dismissed by the apex court.
But APC in a statement signed by the spokesperson of the caretaker committee, Tunde Oladunjoye, asked the intending returnees to follow due process of returning to the party, “in accordance with the party’s constitution and established procedures.”
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The party also advised them to return to their various wards for registration and realignment.
According to him, apart from going back to their various wards to re-enroll and reconcile with their people and leaders, it is also important for them to abide by the prevailing peace and decorum in Ogun APC and work under the Caretaker Executive formed by the National Working Committee.
The caretaker equally urged the returnees who have cases against the party in courts to withdraw “same without further delay.” It, however, described their return as a welcome development.