Oke and his supporters were reported to be planning to defect to another party due to alleged rejection and humiliation they suffered in the APC.
However, a statement issued on Tuesday by Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mr. Alex Kalejaye, said Oke and his supporters were neither rejected nor humiliated in the party.
According to the statement, the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; and the state chairman of the party, Ade Adetimehin, respected Oke as an experienced legal professional and politician.
The statement read in part, “At the level of the party, the State Chairman, Ade Adetimehin, has always displayed profound respect and appreciation for the political exploits and professional attainment of Chief Oke.
“Adetimehin believes very strongly that the fortune of APC in Ondo State would be greatly enhanced with the political experience of Oke as well as his followers.
“This is readily explained by the quick response and visit to Oke’s country home in Okitipupa by the State Working Committee, led by Adetimehin, to condole with him over the loss of his elder brother recently.”
The statement noted that the party needed all leaders and faithful members to work together in order to strengthen it in the state, and ensure a victory for President Muhammadu Buhari and other party candidates in the 2019 general elections.