The Publicity Secretary of Accord Party in Ogun, Mr Michael Adesanya, says the party has not endorsed the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the state, Gboyega Isiaka.
The Accord Party spokesman made this known on Thursday at a press briefing in Abeokuta.
Adesanya, who claimed he was speaking on behalf of other leaders of Accord Party, said the party’s Chairman, Isiaka Amusa, was responsible for the “ falsehood.’’
Amusa had on Wednesday after a private meeting with Isiaka announced the endorsement at a press conference in Abeokuta.
He had hinged the endorsement on the “political clout, capacity, vision and competence of Isiaka,’’ adding that the alliance was for the good of the state.
Adesanya, however, described the development as “ unofficial and falsehood.’’
“We are in possession of various documents that confirm the anti-party activities of a five-man group led by the state Chairman of our party, Elder Isiaka Amusa, whose anointed aspirant lost in the party primaries of our great party.
“This group has continued to hawk the gubernatorial candidacy of our party to all the known political figures in Ogun State.
” About three weeks ago, they openly declared for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Dapo Abiodun, this week, their newest victim is Isiaka of ADC.
“This is simply political prostitution and we have no room for such persons in our party.
“Those engaged in anti-party activities and falsely parading themselves as leaders of our party are no longer our members.
” Some have been suspended while others have resigned their membership of our party,” he said.
He explained that the party chairman had not called the meeting of the State Working Committee in the last six months ,adding that there could not have been an official resolution to endorse another candidate.
He argued that Tope Sokoya, who emerged victorious at the party primaries, remained the governorship candidate of Accord party
“We hereby state that we are satisfied with the progress made so far by the our governorship candidate, Pastor Tope Sokoya,” he said.
Sokoya, who also denied the endorsement claim, described the development as “unfortunate.’’
He alleged that Amusa had continued to sabotage his efforts since his preferred aspirant lost at the party’s primaries.
Sokoya explained that he had done everything possible to re-unite and reconcile aggrieved members of the party since the primaries, adding that the leaders failed to support him.
Insisting that he remains the governorship candidate of the Accord party in Ogun, Sokoya expressed confidence that the party would emerge victorious in the polls in the state. (NNN)