The APC, while maintaining that all would be done to avert the planned defection of Oke from the party; assured that all would be done to address the grievances raised.
Last week, it was reported that Oke and his loyalists were in last-minute plot to defect to another party over what he described as alleged rejection, marginalization as well humiliation his teeming followers have been subjected to by the APC in the state.
In a statement issued by the Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Mr. Alex Kalejaye, the party denied the claim of rejection and humiliation raised by the former gubernatorial aspirant and his supporters.
The statement read: “We have read with a sense of disbelief the report credited to a frontline chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State, Chief Olusola Oke, SAN, and his followers, that they had suffered humiliation and rejection in the party.
“The State chapter is taken aback by this claim, because Chief Oke, a notable personality with vast political experience is well respected by the Governor, Arakurin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, and the State Secretariat of the APC.”
The statement further added that the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as well as the state chairman of the party, Ade Adetimehin, had always been placing Oke in high regards considering his legal status and his political strength over the years.
“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.
Kalejaye said, “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 further 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.
“As a colleague in the legal profession, the governor regards Chief Oke as a worthy partner in the quest for the political and economic emancipation of Ondo State.
“It is expedient to state in crystal clear language, that the two leaders are both eager to see the development of the Sunshine State, and are mostly in touch, particularly, on matters that border on the wellbeing of the party and the state.
“At the level of the party, the State Chairman, Engnr. 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 Chief Oke as well as his followers at the party’s disposal.
“This is readily explained by the quick response and visit to Chief Oke’s country home in Okitipupa, by the State Working Committee, led by Engr. Ade Adetimehin, to encourage him over the loss of his elder brother recently.
“We want to appeal that Chief Oke and his followers exercise some patience while the leader of the party in the State and our dear Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, looks into some of the issues raised, with a view to addressing them,” the statement read.