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BREAKING: ‘Ondo 2024’ You All Can Not Sack Me,Governor’s Seat Not Vacant -Aiyedatiwa Tells APC

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In preparation for the governorship primary of All Progressives Congress (APC), and few days after the National Secretary of the party, Felix Morka said there’s no automatic gubernatorial ticket in Ondo State, Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa has declared that there’s no vacancy in the governor’s office.

Aiyedatiwa handed down the verdict on Monday at stakeholders meeting of the party held at The Dome at Alagbaka, Akure.

The party, which was attended by the state Chairman of the party, Engr. Ade Adetimehin and several chieftains of the party, was convened by the governor, the first after the demise of the late Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

Addressing members of party, Aiyedatiwa called for unity among members of the party in order for the party to win the coming gubernatorial election in the state.

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He said: said,: “We must all come together as one family to work together for the progress of our party, knowing for sure this is an election here for us.

“An election to the office of the governor of ondo state, even though the seat is not vacant currently.

“Let us work together In oneness and in peace so that our party, APC will continue to govern this State.

“It is important for me to tell you that as leaders of our party, we must put behind us the events of the last few months and come together as one big family for the progress of the APC and the development of our dear State.

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“To me, what happened in the past was just politics. It was not a fight; it was not a battle; it was mere politics and I can say that I did not take any offence from that. The most important thing for us is to remain as one big family. There should be no division in our party.

“There is the need to make our party stronger and that necessitated the idea of this enlarged stakeholders meeting to bring everybody on board. Our party leaders and members are critical stakeholders that we cannot afford to neglect.

“There have been complaints from many of our party officers at local levels of not being carried along in the scheme of things. That must now be a thing of the past. All our party officers from ward to local government to State levels will be given the recognition they deserve.”

Notable members of the party, who have declared their aspiration for the gubernatorial ticket of the party, were conspicuously absent from the meeting.

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Chief Odusola Oke, Wale Akinterinwa, Mayowa Akinfolarin, Jimoh Ibrahim, APC National Vice Chairman, South West, Isaac Kekemeke among other were not in attendance.

When contacted on telephone, Oke disclosed that he received the notice of the meeting at 2:00am.

He said the meeting was slated for 11:00am, but had a tribunal to attend in Abuja.

Oke disclosed that he departed Akure for Abuja before receiving the notice of meeting.

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He, however, said if he had received it earlier enough, he would have attended the meeting.

According to the former governorship candidate of Alliance For Democracy(AD), “I received the invitation for that meeting at 2:00 a.m today (Monday). I saw it on my phone and the meeting is 11:00 a.m. and already, I am in Abuja going to attend an important function.

“Although I responded to it that the notice came too short and I can’t attend because I have no reason not to attend. I would have attended if I was notified earlier. I don’t know if it was sent late deliberately or not.”

Mayowa Akinfolarin, a two-term members of the House of Representatives and former deputy speaker of the state House of Assembly, who is another prominent governorship aspirant in the party, told journalists that he was not invited to the party’s stakeholders meeting.

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He disclosed that none of close associates who are members of the party, was invited to the meeting as well.

According to him, “I was not invited to the meeting neither was any of my close associates in the party.”

Meanwhile, the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Ebenezer Adeniyan said all APC stakeholders were invited through the local governments.

Present at the meeting are, among others, the Speaker of the stste House of Assembly, Olamide Oladiji, Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu, former deputy governors, Alhaji Ali Olanusi and Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, former State Chairman of the party, Ambassador Sola Iji, former SSG, Hon. Sunday Abegunde, member of the House of Representatives, Biola Makinde, Chief Segun Ojo, Chief Jamiu Ekungba, Mrs. Jumoke Anifowoshe.

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Meanwhile, the party chairman, Ade Adetimehin commended Governor Aiyedatiwa for engaging members of the on time.

He appealed to all stakeholders, particularly party leaders to bury th hatchet and foster unity among members of the party ahead of the November 16, 2024 gubernatorial election in the state.

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