Dr. Segun Abraham, the runner up in the September 3rd primary election of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo state, says he will not dump the party despite the current challenges.
He says he will remain in the party to reclaim his mandate which had been allegedly given to Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN.
Abraham with two other aspirants, Chief Olusola Oke and Senator Ajayi Borrofice had approached the party’s appeal committee asking for total cancellation of the primary election.
The National Working Committee, NWC, of the party last week had rejected the recommendations of the appeal committee and upheld the victory of Akeredolu.
Addressing Journalists at the state secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Alagbaka Akure, Abraham, who at the weekend wrote to APC leaders and members, said since there are protest on the votes of the alleged winner, he is automatically the winner of the election.
He said he will continue to pursue the course of his mandate until it is retrieved.
According to him, there are three levels of authorities, we have only explored one level, if the need to go to court arises, we will explore it.
His words: There can be no authentic and stable democratic government without justice. There is a growing awareness that the APC government has the capacity to indulge in corrupt and unjust systems and practices.
“Resolving the quagmire in Ondo state is a golden opportunity for the APC to showcase to the world and give Nigerians real confidence that we are a just and honest party.
“As the people have placed their full confidence in me, through both their votes and continuous clamor for my mandate, I have resolved to pursue truth and our just cause by all legal means, with full determination to get our mandate back. I would stay in the party and work with all to correct all the anomalies.
“APC as the opposition in Ondo has a unique chance to conquer any party in the State, but this can only be achieved when there is justice, fair play and sincerity of purpose.
“People may be going to another party, I am a landlord and I won’t leave my party.”