Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has reacted to the “expensive joke” purportedly enacted by the National Chairman of APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
The APC chairman had yesterday announced the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, as the APC consensus candidate for president against the will of majority of the party.
Reacting, Akeredolu who doubles as the Chairman of Southern Governors’Forum, in a statement, said Adamu’s announcement runs contrary to the position of majority of northern governor’s on the platform of the APC.
His statement read in part, “The speculation is rife that the Chairman took a flight of fancy and decided to make a pronouncement beyond his competence. He has, allegedly, made public his preferred choice as the candidate of the APC for the Office of the President in the next general elections.
“This alleged pronouncement runs contrary to the position of majority of Northern Governors in APC and their counterparts in the South. Our agreement is unanimous on this issue. The office of the President should be contested for by qualified persons from the Southern part of the country if the move to get a consensus candidate fails. There has been no shift from this settled issue.
“Let it be known that the Chairman or anyone who holds a contrary opinion does so at a personal level. He is at best embarking on a frolic which reasonable people will consider dangerous.
“We are grieving but have not forgotten that Power MUST shift to the south. On this we stand.”