From Ayo Oloye, Lagos
Senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District of Ondo State, Professor Ajayi Boroffice has said all is not well with the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) because of the manner Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is handling issues in the party.
The senator accused the governor of polarizing the party in the state.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Monday by his media aide, Kayode Fakuyi, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Science and Technology, accused Mr. Akeredolu of threatening leaders who hold contrary opinions with expulsion rather than embrace them in the interest of the party.
Part of the statement reads: “Today, the attitude of the governor to other party leaders in Ondo State, who do not see issues from his perspective, has unfortunately polarized the Ondo State chapter of the party and alienated a critical mass of the party leadership and supporters as well.
“Based on the above referenced developments, Senator Boroffice is of the view that all is not well with All Progressives Congress in the Sunshine State. Rather than embrace the challenges of leadership and reach out to every leader of the party, the governor preferred to run the government of Ondo State and the party with his trifling followership. He continues to erroneously lay claim to the ownership of the party. He continues to threaten other party leaders with threat of expulsion from the party.
“The National Leadership of our great party cannot forget in a hurry the road we had to travel to reach where we are; it is our collective will and unity of purpose that have taken us this far. To destroy the legacy is to destroy the great bond that binds us together as members of the All Progressives Congress.
“It is our unshakable article of faith that moral justice is an armament of political and socio-economic progress. There can be no justice when someone appropriates our common wealth and violates our common law (APC Constitution, 2014 as amended) that binds us together.
“We therefore call on the National Leadership of our great party to urgently intervene in the crisis plaguing the Ondo State chapter of the party. We cannot afford to sweep under the carpet issues polarizing the APC in Ondo State, as we move into another round of congresses and general elections.
“It is for this reason that His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari has called for reconciliation of leaders and resolutions of disputed issues. This is the wise road to travel and we cannot dissent.
“Therefore, Senator Boroffice wishes to express full confidence in the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led presidential committee. We fully support our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on this course.”