Fresh troubles for Sola Oke as AD maintains he isn’t its candidate
The controversial governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), Mr. Sola Oke, may be in for fresh trouble just as the party at the national level has continued to maintain that he came through the back door to hijack the party’s gubernatorial ticket for the November 26 poll in Ondo state.
A source told Nigerian Concord that the leadership of the party is taking steps to ensure that INEC doesn’t feature Oke’s name in the final list which is to be officially published next week Friday.
The source said Oke used the influence of money to hijack the ticket from the party’s original candidate, Mr. Zion Olowookere, who illegally stepped for the former APC governorship aspirant after he lost to the party’s candidate, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu.
Recently, the National Executives Council of AD said that Oke was not recognized by the party as its candidate but source said the noise quickly went down when he (Oke) released some money to them through his DG campaigns, Mr. Bola Ilori.
“It was the money that Oke released to the party’s NEC last week that made some of them back out of their earlier decision but majority of the NEC doesn’t want Oke who came through the back door” the source noted.
Meanwhile, the National Legal Adviser, Alliance for Democracy, Mr. Kehinde Aworele, had yesterday said the party’s National Executive Committee did not recognize Chief Olusola Oke as its governorship candidate in the forthcoming Ondo state election.
It would be recalled that the AD National Organising Secretary, Mr. Ibrahim Abdollah, had in a communiqué on October 14 in Akure, after the party’s NEC meeting said the party was unaware of Oke’s candidature.
Aworele told newsmen that there were certain decisions taken solely by the National Chairman of the party, Chief Joseph Avazi, which ought to have been done by the NEC.
He maintained that the outcome of October 14 NEC meeting remained binding, saying, “we have said that Olusola Oke is not known to the party because he does not follow proper procedure of the party, so he is not even a member of AD.
“On the issue of his eligibility, I will not comment on that because it is pending before the Federal High Court, Akure.
“But, I can tell you that he is not a member of our party because he has not complied with the constitutional procedure of our party by which a candidate should emerge.”
He said the party had a candidate named Mr. Akin Olowookere, who purportedly stepped down for Olusola Oke, but had not formally informed the party.
He said, “It was some members of the party who went to the media that we had rescinded our earlier decision through the communique issued by the party’s NEC.
“There was information that Olusola Oke met some members who later spoke against our decision but this cannot be valid.
“As at today, we have passed a vote of no confidence on the national chairman, national secretary and national auditor of the party and it is the NEC of the party that can make a change of that decision.
“I don’t have anything against Oke as a person; he is a nice gentleman and a member of my profession but he should not come through the backdoor.”
He said the party needed more members but that whoever wanted to join should take the proper channel in order not to jeopardise the party pedigree and integrity.