The All Progressives Party (APC) Publicity Secretary, in Ondo State, Mr Abayomi Adesanya, has pleaded with the party leaders not to cancel the Sept. 3 governorship primary in the state.
Adesanya told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Akure on the Thursday that if the primary was nullified, it would lead to unending crisis within the party.
He warned that if the Sept. 3 governorship primary of the party is nullified, APC may lose the Nov. 26 election in the state.
NAN reports that a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), had emerged as the candidate of the party in the primary after defeating other 23 aspirants.
NAN recalls that some aspirants, who had earlier congratulated Akeredolu, had petitioned the primary appeal committee of the party alleging irregularities in the delegates list used in conducting the election.
According to him, cancelling the Ondo State governorship primary held on Sept. 3 will not be in the best interest of the party in the state.
“I want those who are clamouring for the cancelation to know that such step will lead to disunity, acrimony and unending crisis that will derail the party from winning the Nov. 26 governorship election,’’ he said.
The APC spokesperson noted that the appeal committee would anytime from now submit its report to the leadership of the party at the national level.
Adesanya said the national leadership of the party would take a position on the report of the appeal committee and appealed to aggrieved aspirants to embrace dialogue in the interest of the party.
“The aspirants are leaders in Ondo State and we hold them in high esteem.
“They have rights to ponder on the primary but we should not throw away the baby with the birth water.
“l want to appeal to the aspirants in the interest of the party and the people of Ondo State, who had contributed for the development of the party, to sheath their swords and let us move on.
“The present crisis should be seen as a disagreement between twins which we will get over soon.
“We are confident that APC will win the governorship election because the party is the only alternative to the ruling party in the state,’’ Adesanya said.
He advised party leaders to desist from making comments that could disparage the party and its leadership.