The first National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Bisi Akande, has dismissed insinuations that his absence at the flag-off rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Ondo State may have been due to resentment against the candidature of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu or the party.
Mr Akande said he had no reason to shun APC’s campaigns and rallies in the state, stating that Mr Akeredolu and other governorship aspirants are his close associates.
The former governor of Osun State, who spoke on Friday through his media aide, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, maintained that he was taking seriously, the medical advice of his doctors to stay away from stress due to his health condition.
Besides, the APC leader has also expressed the hope that the misunderstanding amongst the party would end as efforts are being made to find lasting and amicable resolutions to it.
A statement by Mr Baderinwa read: “Our attention has been drawn to publications in some media today, making unnecessary insinuations to Chief Bisi Akande’s absence at the APC governorship rally in Akure on Thursday.
“May we state that Chief Bisi Akande has no reason to shun APC campaigns and rallies in Ondo state because every APC aspirant that contested the Ondo State governorship primary in September has always been his close associate and knew so well that he (Bisi Akande) is being treated from one hospital to another in the USA, the U.K. and in Nigeria since last April.
“He, according to medical advice, is being asked to take things easy in the time being. Despite that, as an APC respectable leader, he has been working behind the scene to reconcile differences among the warring tendencies in the party”.
At the governorship candidate’s rally in Ondo on Thursday, the Chairman of the party, Mr John Oyegun, told party members that they could only wrestle power out of the Peoples Democratic Party’s hands through hard work.
He urged them to mobilise for the governorship candidate to win the election that has been scheduled for November 26.