A senatorial aspirant of the All Progressives Congress ( APC) for Ondo North, Dr. Nat Adojutelegan has appreciated party members across the six local government areas of the district for their supports towards his ambition.
It will be recalled that the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC offered the serving senator, Ajayi Boroffice, an automatic ticket to contest the 2019 election.
Adojutelegan in a statement titled, “Winners Are No Quitters” and made available to The Politico, said he accepted all that happened over the primaries of the party.
He said: “I am not certain we have reached the end of the road, but I am prepared to accept all eventualities at this stage. Therefore, I would like to say a big “thank you” to all my supporters and well-wishers for supporting my aspiration to contest the 2018 APC primary election for Ondo North senatorial district. Words cannot express my appreciation in full, but I would like you to know that I appreciate your support and the trust that you repose in me. You can rest assured that as we continue the journey, I will not fail you.
“I traversed the nook and cranny of Ondo North and met the people in the quest for winning the primary election. I articulated my plans for the senatorial district and Nigeria in general if I become a senator. I have a clear vision and an achievable mission. I wanted the best for the people of the senatorial district and committed substantial personal funds to actualise my objective without any regret. I am not a gambler. I knew the risks in what I was doing. I took the risk in 2014 and retook it this time around because I would be restless if I had notdone what I did, given my confidence that I would make a difference if given the opportunity to serve at that level. To that extent, I presented and offered myself for service.
“What happened in the last few weeks regarding our Party’s primary elections reflected the present state of the political culture of the country. There is a near total breakdown of the political system caused by a voracious appetite for power and selfish interest across the board. We had a shambolic primaryelection exercise. Unjust and unkind decisions were taken at critical stages of the exercise.
“It is regrettable that I only read on social media in the afternoon of the day fixed for the primary election for Senate that our Party has decided that the three serving senators in Ondo State should stand for the election unopposed after substantial funds have been committed for obtaining a nomination form and preparing for the primary election. Subsequently, a team of aspirants resulted in the exhibition of jungle political practices across the state. We witnessed multiple aspirants celebrating and claiming that they have emerged as candidates for a single seat. I laugh! What a shame! It is sad and pathetic. I am so sorry for our dear Ondo State. How did we get to this stage? It is getting worse.
“In any event, it is disheartening to see and hear those who had actively participated in the imposition of candidates during the Party’s Ward and Local Government Congresses, Local Government primary elections in the state and those who were readily expecting to be imposed on others as candidates for National and State Assembly complaining about the National Chairman’s interventions. What is good for the geese is good for the gander. I condemn all acts of impositions. This abominable political practice is simply undemocratic and unprogressive. It will backfire at some stage.
“Once again, I thank you for your support. The struggle continues.”
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