Ondo 2024: Interior Minister Not Qualified To lead Search For APC Guber Candidate- Group

Ahead of the 2024 gubernatorial election in Ondo State, a group under the auspices of the Alliance for Credible Poll , ACP , has said that the minister of Interior cannot lead the President’s search team to pick a suitable gubernatorial candidate .

A report at the weekend stated that the Minister of Interior , Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has been assigned as the leader of the President’s team for the selection of the governorship candidate to represent APC in Ondo State.

The team are said to be looking for a candidate who will be loyal and prepared to deliver the state to the president in the 2027 general elections.

In a statement signed by the chairman of the group, Chief Olugbenga Adesina, in Abuja, on Monday, described Tunji-Ojo as unqualified and an interested party that is directly or personally concerned with a situation and is likely to be affected by its results.

According to the statement by the group, the minister is not qualified to select the candidate because he allegedly had a candidate he is supporting for the race.

” We won’t like to see Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo lead the President’s team for the selection of a formidable candidate as he is the one promoting the aspiration of a particular candidate in the state”

“He is the one sponsoring the ambition of the said candidate , and this should not be allowed as he who comes to equity must come with clean hand. The fact that he is sponsoring a candidate has automatically disqualified him to lead a search party for guber candidate in the state”

Adesina added that his involvement in selecting a candidate for the party in the state will be vehemently rejected.

“It is on record that Nigerians are angry with President Tinubu because the palliatives approved by him failed to yield desired result. They live in pains because money meant to provide succour were diverted by a microscopic few who are privileged in the country”

” The resources meant for vulnerable Nigerians were maliciously diverted into private hands”.

The group stated that BTO’s incredible performance was the reason why they soften their stance on the issue.

“Even his invitation to the Code of Conduct Bureau ( CCB) were swept under the carpet. Till date, Nigerians do not know the outcome of CCB findings”

The group urge President Bola Tinubu to assign the task to independent minds who will work with the leadership of the All Progressives Congress , APC in choosing a formidable and strong candidate, with grassroots appeal as the party’s flag bearers

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