Elders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State yesterday pledged their loyalties to the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Southwest Vice Chairman Chief Pius Olu Akinyelure and the State Chairman, Isaac Kekemeke.
They pledged to stand by whatever decision taken by the leaders on the August 27 governorship primary.
The elders said they would never tolerate a situation where the integrity of the leaders would be impugned by anybody.
They were reacting to the purported ‘impeachment’ of Kekemeke by some members of the party last Friday.
Mr. Kekemeke was accused of acting a script allegedly written by Mr. Tinubu ahead of the APC’s governorship primaries in Ondo less than two weeks from now.
The APC national leader incurred the wrath of some members of the party as well as governorship aspirants in the state following reports that he had anointed a particular candidate to emerge flag bearer of the party in the November 26 governorship polls.
The elders, in a statement issued and signed by the APC leaders from Igbara-Oke, Oladapo Taiwo, Chief Muyide Adu (Ijare), Chief Femi Bakare (Ilara-Mokin) and Sola Omotosho, Secretary Ifedore Local Government, said they were proud of their leaders’ achievements.
The statement reads: “We also use this opportunity to pledge our total loyalty to the party’s national secretariat as they prepare to midwife a free fair and credible primary to usher in a new and progressive government.
“We also appeal to all our members in the APC in Ifedore Local Government to remain loyal to their leaders and go about their party duties of mobilisation of members and preparation for the primary”.
Bakare said there was nothing wrong if Tinubu endorsed one person out of the 25 aspirants eyeing the party’s ticket.
He noted that American President, Barrack Obama endorsed Hillary Clinton before the Democratic Party’s primary as his own anointed candidate.
“There is nothing wrong in endorsing. If Obama can endorse, has an interest, how much more of a leader of a calibre of Tinubu, who believes in developing people?”