Ahead of the 2020 governorship election in Ondo State, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has called on the aggrieved members in the Ondo State Chapter of the party to resolve their differences.
The former Governor of Lagos State, stated this after in Akure, after a peace meeting by the APC leadership in the South-West.
Tinubu who had in his company, the former Governor of Osun State, Bisi Akande, stated that the crisis within the party is not strange to party politics but pleaded with them to resolve the crisis in the interest of the party and the benefits of all members.
He called on the aggrieved leaders and members to work together towards the victory of the party in the 2020 governorship election.
Tinubu, who spoke at the Dome, Alagbaka, Akure, shortly after a closed-door meeting with APC stalwarts in Ijapo area of the state capital, said that “We are leaving one thing behind. The charity that must begin at home.”
“We want to win the next election in Ondo State and every other election. The solution is in your hands. We want to thank you for your commitment to the party.”
“We apply a conflict resolution mechanism which is part of politics to resolve any other problem and smoothen the edges.”
“The next move is unity; talking together, consulting one another and working together for the interests of our party and in particular Ondo state.”
Also on the entourage of Tinubu, who was received at the Akure Airport by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his Ekiti State counterpart, Kayode Fayemi, were the former governors of Ogun and Ekiti states, Segun Osoba and Niyi Adebayo, alongside other chieftains of the party in the South-West.
Speaking with newsmen on what was discussed at the meeting, Chief Bisi Akande, former governor of Osun state, said the APC leaders had resolved to mend the broken fences in APC in Ondo state and they have been instructed to work together.
“We talked about how we shall win next election resoundingly. You see all our leaders coming out together laughing and happy. We have our leaders in Ondo and we have told them to go and do their job and bring our party together as one.”
“We shall also keep encouraging our leaders in Ondo state to do what we have agreed to which is unity at all level”.
The former Chairman of the party in the state, Hon. Isaacs Kekemeke, expressed satisfaction, saying all aggrieved members have agreed to sit down and find a solution to the party’s problem in the state.
“We have agreed that we will work together and we have agreed to find a domestic solution to address our domestic problem.”
“So in a short while we will be putting ourselves together and proffer domestic solution to our domestic problem as motivated and encouraged by our National leader.”
“We have all agreed that we have offended ourselves and that the better thing to do is to forgive ourselves and make comprise the way forward and thee most important thing is to build a platform and move the party forward.”
Chief Olusola Oke said the “leadership of the party in the South-West met with us to foster peace and unity and we have resolved on some fundamentals.”
“We will meet again to pursue the fundamentals and when we finally resolve, we will brief them.”