Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has commenced the process of reconciliation and uniting the party ahead of the governorship election in the state.
Few hours after his victory in Monday’s All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election, the governor met with three of his fellow contestants on Tuesday.
He paid an unscheduled visit to Ambassador Sola Iji, Chief Olusola Oke and also met with Hon. Isaac Kekemeke in his office.
The governor was accompanied on the visit by the APC Chairman in the state , Engr. Ade Adetimehin; Secretary to the state Government (SSG), Hon. Temitayo Oluwatuyi and Chief of staff, Chief Gbenga Ale.
Akeredolu, had declared in his acceptance speech after winning the primary, that he will soon commence the process of reconciliation to heal all perceived wounds.
The governor said there was a need for him to engage and talk to the other aspirants so that they can all work together for the success of the APC in the October 10 governorship election.
He noted that Ambassador Iji was the first person among the other aspirants to call and congratulate him on the outcome of the primary election.
” I must put it to notice that my brother here was the first person to call me and congratulate me. He didn’t even know that I was coming. As you know he was once our chairman, he’s a party person to the core,” he said.
Responding, Iji said the people should expect consistency from him, adding that during his campaigns he had made it known that he has nothing against the governor.
“Expect consistency from us. When I was campaigning I said I had nothing against his Excellency. I has contested with him and I see his victory as victory for our party. Whoever the PDP picks, we will beat them silly. ” Iji said.
After a closed door meeting with Kekemeke, Akeredolu said they had discussions about the party and not individual, stressing that Ondo State must remain an APC state.
He said: “As you know D. I and I are colleagues. We are not only colleagues but brothers. We have spoken frankly, he was Frank. We have started talking, we are talking about our party not about individual. We have had very robust and Frank discussions on how to move our party forward and work together. Ondo state must remain APC state. “
Kekemeke corroborated the governor’s assertion, saying they had a fruitful discussion.
“Like the governor said, we have spoken very frankly and I’m happy that he tolerated my frankness. I have said I will work with him. I shall not be going to any party or court. I will work hard to see that Ondo remains an APC state, ” Kekemeke said.