The All Progressives Congress in Ondo State on Tuesday erupted in crisis after some members claimed the state’s chairman, Isaacs Kekemeke, had endorsed a governorship aspirant ahead of the governorship primaries slated for August 27.
According to Premium Times, the aggrieved members claimed to have impeached the chairman, closing the secretariat gate against him and his supporters.
They also announced the appointment of Saka Ogunleye as their new chairman.
They alleged that Kekemeke had compromised his position by allowing the “imposition” of a candidate in spite of the agreement that all aspirants should prove their popularity at the primary election.
However, Kekemeke said the development was an expression of democracy in action.
“You know our party is a progressive party and what happened today is part of the vibrancy in the party,” he said.
“I am not angry because people are free to express how they feel especially given the fact that APC has a high propensity to win the coming election.
“People have invested their time and energy in the pursuit of their ambitions, and they are bound to vent their frustrations if they think that those ambitions are dimming.”
Kekemeke said most of the aspirants had gone to Asiwaju Tinubu to seek his endorsement for the election, but while some failed to secure his support, some others might have succeeded.
“To seek endorsement from anyone is normal in a democratic process, it is political illiteracy to be angry because someone got endorsed and you did not get the endorsement, which you also sought,” he said.
“The aspirants have been going around trying to get endorsements even from me and I don’t think there is anything wrong if anyone got endorsed.
“Whatever the case, I can assure you that everyone will still have to submit himself to the primaries and a candidate will emerge through a free and fair election.”
Recall that one of the aspirants in an open letter had accused Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of trying to impose a candidate on the party.