* Buhari has no preferred candidate in primaries, says presidency
An aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, has warned that the party could lose the forthcoming governorship election if its leaders did not resolve the crisis in the state chapter.
Meanwhile, ahead of Saturday’s governorship primary election in the state, President Muhammadu Buhari has exonerated himself from the crisis of confidence rocking the state chapter of the party.Briefing journalists, yesterday, in Abuja when he met with the 24 aspirants of the party, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, said the discussions were peaceful and fruitful.
He said: “The government of President Buhari wishes to reiterate that it has no preferred candidate among the 24 aspirants and that government would do all in its power to provide a level-playing field for all the aspirants.”‘
“The sacrilegious act carried out at the Ondo State secretariat of the APC early this morning is condemnable in its totality. We want to state that carrying out traditional sealing off of premises remains the prerogative of the palace. The Deji of Akure remains non-partisan and a father to all political aspirants and never authorised such. The palace is apolitical and therefore should not be dragged into the internal wrangling of any party,” Adeyeye said.
Alasoadura said: “With the level of discord in the party today, it will be very difficult for our party to win the governorship election. The discord is so deep-rooted, and unless we are careful, it will affect the party’s chances.”
“I am appealing to President Buhari, who is the leader of the APC, and the party’s leadership to urgently resolve the crisis over alleged imposition. Ondo State is too strategic in the South West to be lost by the APC.” The Nation