Ondo state APC primaries: There is no anointed candidate – Bukola Adetula.
The forthcoming primary election that will produce the flagship APC candidate for the November 26th guber poll shall be held without rancor and misgivings, said Chief Bukola Adetula, the Owo born APC governorship aspirant and stakeholder in the Ondo state APC.
The party chieftain said the meeting of aspirants with the state chairman in Akure recently was geared towards ensuring that the aspirants stick to a rule of conduct and guidelines to avert needless violent altercations among aspirants. Adetula said the number of aspirants is not rowdy, rather it is a blessing to the party as the aspirants cut across the three major senatorial district of the state, providing the party the opportunity of spreading the influence of Apc across the nooks and crannies of the state.
He maintained that the huge number of aspirants is a welcome development, noting however that an elimination process shall reduce the number to the sizeable few that shall make it to the primary election. Part of the elimination process, Chief Adetula noted was the payment of two million naira development fee leveled on each aspirants by the state executive of the party.
He said no sooner had the agreement on the amount to be paid had been reached than he on behalf of his campaign team had issued a cheque to that effect.
Debunking the rumour making the rounds on the issue of an anointed candidate, the seasoned lawyer noted that whoever is peddling the rumor is only massaging his own ego. “what then would be the essence of a primary if an aspirant has been anointed? The party Apc is not given to such excesses such as anointing a candidate ahead of the primaries. There is going to be a level playing ground where a winner will emerge by the votes of the delegates and not by any premeditated anointing,” Adetula maintained.
Asked on his position on zoning, Chief Olarogbayimika Adetula said the Constitution of the party does nt support zoning, but it supports fair play. He said there is a way in which the party Apc appeals to fairness in all the local government areas. Going further, Adetula opined that in the spirit of fairness and equity, the candidate of Apc for the governorship election should come from the northern senatorial district. His reason: the former Governor was from the south, the present is from the central, hence it is equitable that the coming one should come from the north. “there is some merit to this opinion but constitutionally, there is no zoning in Apc,” Adetula said.When asked what he would do differently if he becomes the Governor of Ondo state, Chief Adetula said he will embark on the massive industrialization of the state using the public private partnership initiative. He said he will ensure that the Commonwealth of the people of Ondo state belongs to them and enjoyed by all. He stressed that his government will adopt a zero tolerance stance on corruption. However, Adetula noted that he will be counting on the votes of delegates to make this agenda a reality.