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Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has suggested that registration of members in the state should be conducted by people from other states to avoid the activities by some cabals, who may want to hijack the party.
The call was part of the recommendation in the communiqué issued at the end of their meeting and jointly signed by two chieftains of the party, Dr. Akerele Adu and Mr. Olumiyiwa Oniye.
The stakeholders, who called for cautions among members, also recommended that the congress of the party should take place immediately after registration adding that the congress must be conducted by the South-west caucus of the party because the state is a special case.
The communiqué cautioned members not to allow the past mismanagement of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to repeat itself in the new APC in the state.
They said though they had put the past behind them, at the same time they would not like to live by it, adding that the past was also important for them to prepare and build future.
The stakeholders demanded that the defunct ACN leadership in the state needs to give account of stewardship, especially the managers of the October 20, 2012 governorship elections in the state, noting that “no matter the outcome of any election, there must be a post-mortem exercise and post- mortem report to guide us for future purpose, according to Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
“Our performance and attitude in the last election was a disappointment to the public, especially the people of the state. Opinion polls during the last election favoured us and our party was seen as new bride coming on board in the state.
“Couple with landmark performance of the ACN governors in other state of the federation, we had a brighter chance that was mismanaged, jeopardised,
squandered and corruptibly bastardised by the imposed managers of the election to enrich their pockets, banks, that of their family members and associates at the expense of all Ondo State people, this attitude should not be swept under the carpet for the APC to strive in the state.”
They said the then ACN would have been able to change and correct the situation in the state if it had won the last election, a dictate to a turnaround of our economic and resourceful developments.
The stakeholders commended the doggedness of the APC leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, who they said had been fighting for the oneness of the Yoruba nation.