Few days ago, the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, adopted the indirect modality for its primary elections in the state ahead of the 2019 general elections.
However, few hours after the decision of the party to adopt the indirect method during the party’s State Working Committees, SWC, enlarged meeting, a former Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Ali Olanusi who attended the meeting, distanced himself from the decision taken at the meeting.
Olanusi, who is also a member of the party’s Board of Trustees, BoT, had said that he was tricked to the meeting by the state’s party chairman, Ade Adetimehin, adding that he was taken aback by the decision of the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for the adoption of indirect primary in the state, which according to him negates the path the party’s national body had decided upon.
Reacting to the statement made by the former deputy governor to discredit the decision made by the
party in the state, the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Yemi Olowolabi, in a statement he signed, explained that the decision of the party to adopt indirect primary was unanimously taken by all stakeholders who attended the meeting, including the former deputy governor, who the commissioner said his contribution of “I don’t have a membership card” set the tone for the meeting.
“For the record, Alhaji Ali Olanusi was not only present but he also actively participated at the Ondo State APC Executive Committee Meeting on Wednesday September 5, 2018, where stakeholders unanimously adopted Indirect Primary to select the party’s candidates for the 2019 general elections.
“In fact, Olanusi actually set the tone for the debate which culminated in the rejection of direct primary with his personal story “I joined the APC 48 hours to the presidential election in 2015. Up till now , I don’t have APC membership card.
“You can then imagine, if, as a senior member of the party, I don’t have a membership card, what then is the fate of other people who are members of the party?” Olanusi wondered, describing direct primary as a recipe for confusion since the party was not yet prepared for all requirements of direct primary. Other speakers toed this line of reasonable thought and consequently agreed to go with indirect option.”
Olowolabi, who described the sudden turnaround of the former deputy governor as unbelievable,
emphasised that his idea made the other stakeholders jettison the direct primary idea which the national body had proposed.
“From the foregoing, therefore, it is inconceivable for the highly respected politician to turn around and condemn the collective decision of Ondo State APC stakeholders including himself. For the avoidance of doubt, Alhaji Olanusi’s seminal and illustrative contributions at APC State Executive Committee substantially helped in arriving at the final decision to dump the idea of direct primary,” the statement read.