By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Lekeke has said that the incumbent Governor of the State, Rotimi Akeredolu, does not deserve second tenure in office, saying that he will do better than him if elected to govern the state.
Speaking with newsmen, he said the intervention of the leadership of the National and South-West leadership of the party, was because they realised that it would be great if they can put the party together so that they can continue to win elections.
He said the situation in the state is that a lot of people are reluctant, thinking that such disposition is an attempt to use them to win second term election, adding that his own attitude is different because he believe that Governor Akeredolu has a four-year term and that the party is available for everybody to use for the actualisation of their aspirations.
“So, for me, the party is more important than any individual’s aspiration because whatever aspirations you have, you still need the platform of the party. And I say look, let us come together but I do not think that Governor Akeredolu deserves second term, I can do it better.”
He said before the intervention of the South-West leadership for the reconciliation of the party, nobody invited him, as most of the people who say they invited him were not there.
“We put them together. Alhaji Ali Olanusi and I put that together. But I believe that we must continually work towards achieving oneness. I want us to have a strong party. And let individuals who have aspirations to pursue within the framework of a one-party (do so).
“If you break down the house, what platform are you going to use for elections? If you don’t work towards uniting the house what happens after the primaries? So, we must have one united house. In that united house, we can agree, we can disagree. We can pursue interests within that united house and that is what I’m doing. I am working for a united party, at the same time I am also pursuing my aspiration within a party, I think must be united”, he said.
He said that he is consulting, sensitising, and recruiting for ‘Lekeleke Movement’, adding that he is an advocate of tolerance within the party, revealing that most of the politicians in the party relate as friends, as associates, and as party people, without any personal problem.