A former governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Mr. Olaoluwa Adeyeye has the party to support the gubernatorial aspiration Senator Ajayi Boroffice in order to win the November election.
Speaking with The Nation, the Akure-born lawyer said he decided to throw his weight behind Borofice because the aspirant is capable of winning the primary as well as the November elections in Ondo.
He said Borofice antecedence as an established democrat and a renowned progressive place him a shoulder above the others.
“Beyond 2015 elections, he worked valiantly, my people confirmed it that the role he played in the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in Ondo state was very crucial. And that is the kind of leadership the APC needs in Ondo state at this time, hence our decision to follow Prof. Boroffice.”
On what he hopes to do to ensure victory for his candidate, he said he would deploy his support base entirely to the electioneering process.
“At the moment, we’re going to work with delegates as we go to the primaries. They are delegates that we’ve been in touch and have been working with for the better part of the last one year and we’ve made our stand known to them that myself, Olaoluwa Adeyeye has stepped them from this race not to remain neutral but to actually support 110 per cent Prof. Boroffice. That is the message we’ve passed across every senatorial districts where we’ve supporters.”
He added: ” I have a following of my base which is Akure, which is the largest voting bloc that you have in Ondo state. I have the support of quite a number of constituents including religious and otherwise and I’m going to deploy for my candidate all of that support base to ensure victory at the general elections after these primaries.”
While dispelling rumours of about an anointed candidate, Adeyeye said: “The official communication from the leaders of our party is that there would be free and fair elections.”
As to whether he would turncoat if his candidate fails to carry the day, the UK-trained lawyer said, he would remain loyal to the party. “If Prof Boroffice does not win the primaries, which is very unlikely, I have said and I will confirm again that I will remain in a loyal member of the APC, if the delegates vote and another candidate carries the day , I will deploy my resources , my network and my support base for hat winner. The ultimate aim for us as a party I to remain focused. We need to retrieve Ondo state from the claws of poverty, backwardness. We need to open up Ondo state for growth, and international development.”
He also appealed to APC delegates to vote wisely at the primaries and shun money politics, stressing that it will be counter-productive for the APC and the good people of Ondo State in general in the long run.