Unsurprisingly, the APC at the national level successfully screened Aketi who was given a pass mark by the party to participate in the Governorship primaries. Screening of aspirants began Tuesday August 9th with Aketi being screened on late in the day on Wednesday.
In a heartfelt message shared on Facebook, Aketi took time to appreciate the work done by TeamAketi across the state. He thanked Team Aketi for their “unwavering faith” and acknowledged their “valuable support and hard work”. For him ” being in the company of the caliber of folks in TeamAketi enhances ones ability.”
Aketi went on further to address the stories of endorsements, calling them misguided and intimating his supporters to shun such stories. “TeamAketi be steadfast and immovable in your support for AKETI” he admonished.
Supporters have reacted positively to stories of endorsement with some notable ones having strong messages to delegates and supporters. Hon. Rotimi Makinde believes that “as a party, to so jettison the spirited roles played by Aketi in the last struggle and its eventual loss because of the then circumstances and the operation of the then federal might; To ignore such a noble suicidal mission is to say we as a party were not even committed with a total winning spirit then.” Compared to other aspirants, his position is clear; “Without exaggeration, Aketi is by far better.”
Hard core Aketi supporter, Hon Tobi Ogunleye was also resolute in his message to supporters where he encouraged them to be steadfast in their resolve to vote Aketi. In his words “Let the storms of endorsement rage as they may. Never be drawn into these controversies. Remain unmovable in your decision to vote AKETI come 27 August 2016.Times like this call for Steadfast Resolution. Remember always that we are more than conquerors. A wa jù aségun lo.” To Igbekele Ayodele, “Aketi is the only person that can bring back our lost glory in Ondo State.”
Aketi closed out his message reaching to delegates “be more determined than ever before in the face of the vicissitudes from within and without to vote AKETI.”
The full message is below:
I had the pleasure of being screened by the party yesterday, August 10th. This is the last phase before we go to the ballot as a party to pick its candidate.
Let me use this opportunity to thank TeamAketi for your unwavering faith in me. I acknowledge your valuable support and hard work thus far. Being in the company of the caliber of folks in TeamAketi enhances ones ability.
Thank you ALL.
I admonish us not to be preoccupied with misguided endorsements being bandied around. Let’s spend the time left in convincing more delegates of our avowed commitment to the service of the people of Ondo State.
TeamAketi be steadfast and immovable in your support for AKETI.
My Delegates, My Delegates (apology to Gov. Okorocha) be more determined than ever before in the face of the vicissitudes from within and without to vote AKETI.