Akure – One of the prominent governorship aspirants in All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Isaacs Kekemeke, on Tuesday condemned the excesses of the organisers of the party primary in Ondo State, saying the power of incumbency was overstretched.
Though he accepted the outcome of the primary, he insisted that the process of the primary was compromised to favour Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
He, however, declared that he would not defect from the party despite serious pressure and offers from other political parties.
Kekemeke said: “It is still my conviction that the process leading to the voting was slanted, skewed and compromised to produce a predetermined result.
“The advantages and opportunities that incumbency confer were overstretched to constitute the incumbent into both an umpire and a contestant.
“But then the delegates have spoken clearly and so be it. I wish the winner and our party well.
“I am satisfied that the Lekeleke movement, our platform for the campaign had been widely adjudged, acknowledged and applauded for running a decent, issue-based, knowledge-driven, strategically unique and inducement-free campaign locally, nationally and even internationally. We are delighted by that humble contribution to the development of our democracy.
“The Lekeleke movement that I am privileged to lead remains unwavering and undaunted in its commitment to a politics that prioritizes the welfare of the people and will continue to canvass free education, quality and affordable health care, jobs and decent livelihood for citizens. And now, we will be relentless in our sensitization and education of our people that whatever government they have is their making.
“I have been approached by some persons and groups to run my aspiration on their platforms. Others have advised a challenge of the process in court. My answers; I remain in the All Progressives Congress and I shall not be going to court.
“I will however continue to insist that our Party, the APC, must be a party for all its members and not just a party for a privileged few in positions of authority.”