…adopts Olusola Oke as consensus candidate
By Omo Arowomole
A powerful factional group in the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ‘Unity Forum’, has strengthened moves to unseat incumbent Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu after it announced a consensus candidate ahead of the party primaries.
The forum on Monday adopted and announced Olusola Oke as its candidate to confront Governor Akeredolu at the APC primaries slated for July, 2020.
The Unity Forum which is headed by a former deputy governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, emerged as an umbrella body of aggrieved APC stakeholders and governorship aspirants following irreconcilable differences.
The formidable factional group has since been working assiduously against Governor Akeredolu’s re-election bid.
Olanusi made the announcement in Akure, the Ondo State capital following the submission of the report of a 7-man gubernatorial candidate selection committee set up by the group. The committee was headed by Senator Yele Omogunwa while Prof Sola Ehindero served as secretary.
Announcing Oke as the group’s candidate, Olanusi called on party members and stalwarts to mobilize support for his victory at the primaries.
“Gentlemen of the press, considering the mood of the state and continuous ban on political meetings and the fact that INEC has given its nod for electronic campaign, we hereby present to the public the long awaited report of the Ondo APC Unity Forum concerning its governorship aspirant for the 2020 governorship election in Ondo State, as presented by the Gubernatorial Candidate Selection Committee.
“The Unity Forum, by the content of the report has adopted Chief Olusola Oke, SAN, as the candidate of the Forum. All the leaders and members of the Unity Forum are hereby enjoined to begin mobilization across the state for the candidate of the forum.”
Aspirants within the Unity Forum included Barr. Olarewaju Kazeem, Adelami Olayide Owolabi, Barr. Bukola Adetula, Prince Dapo Adelegan, and Mrs. Jumoke Anifowose.
Others are Akintunde Akinsewa Awodeyi, Dr. Segun Abraham Chief Olusola Oke, Engr Ife Oyedele and Prince Jimmy Odimayo.