By Dayo Johnson
AKURE—FACTIONAL Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State, Mr. Isaac Kekemeke, Thursday, lashed out at promoters of tenure elongation for the serving party executives saying they are motivated by peculiar interest.
Kekemeke, who spoke with newsmen in Akure said: “I do not think the promoters of tenure elongation were or are altruistic; I think they were motivated by peculiar interest and they need to make plenty of money during the forthcoming primaries.
“They wanted to see if they could be bought by the highest payers. I think the President just saved the party; the party was almost degenerating and was almost becoming like the Peoples Democratic Party.
“People were talking about tenure elongation which is alien and strange to our democracy, to our party constitution and national constitution.
“In my view, the President was a bit late and I think he recognised it when he said he needed to act quickly and swiftly before some people plunged the party into some irredeemable crisis and situation.
“The President has just shown to us that he is a defender of the party’s constitution and of our nation, as the Chief Executive of our country who must lead by example.
“Basically, I thought the APC chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the National Organising Secretary and those in charge of party primaries are already looking up to how much money was going to come.”
“They did one for 2015 and they were looking forward to doing another for 2019, so it is nothing patriotic. It is destructive and this is impunity and an attempt at impunity for a group of people to extend their own tenure, it is immoral, shameful and we thank the President for putting an end to this.”
“I am happy that it is a new dawn for our party and God has used the President. For some of us, it is reassuring and we hope that the President will do much more as the leader of the party and call defiance in the party to order, no matter highly placed they are, and make them embrace the change that he preached.”
On its implications on the polity, Kekemeke said: “It is good for the polity and what it means is that the President will not allow impunity, unconstitutionality and it shows he stands with the people and the rule of law.”
On the possibility of having a parallel congress in Ondo state, he said:
“I do hope the leadership of the party will do the needful under the strict supervision of the president and I do hope they listen carefully to Mr. President who said that we must respect the aspiration and the rights of party members. I do hope they will do the needful.”