By Adekola Afolabi
The Ondo State All Progressives Congress, APC, has washed its hands clean from the allegation of plans to rig the forthcoming October 10 gubernatorial election in the state, levelled by the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike.
The state APC Publicity Secretary, Alex Kalejaiye, in a swift reaction to the statement credited to Wike, noted that the picture of the ground swell of opposition against the PDP in Ondo State is already getting clearer after its woeful defeat in the 2016 poll in the state.
Kalejaiye said such a statement could only emanate from a man who never believed that elections could be won without crude intimidation, violence, and rigging.
Kalejaiye said the APC will continue to appeal to the people to renew the mandate given its candidate four years ago, rather than resort to rigging as alleged by Wike.
According to Kalejaiye, decency in politics and thoughts of transparent election are alien to the likes of Wike. “APC in Ondo State has no reason to contemplate rigging in a state where it has won the confidence of the people on account of performance and integrity.
“For the benefits of Mr. Wike, we are banking on the popularity of our candidate, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, that of his running mate, Hon. Lucky Ayedatiwa, and the projects APC led government has initiated and executed in less than four years.”
He stated further that the APC has constructed bridges, roads, and schools; set up industrial hubs at Ore, activated bitumen production. “We have recorded unprecedented intervention in agriculture, and are currently pursuing, with an uncommon vigour, building a deep sea port in the Southern Senatorial district, to boost the economy of the state.”
He said APC has presence in all the 18 local government areas and therefore, not going into the election as a party with a Senatorial base.