Stop campaigning with Ajasin’s name, family warns Oke
The families of two late civilian governors of Ondo State, Chief Adekunle Ajasin and Adebayo Adefarati have warned the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy in the state, Chief Olusola Oke, against using Ajasin and Adefarati’s name for campaign.
In a joint statement issued by the late Adefarati’s son, Mr. Gboyega Adefarati, on Tuesday, the two families said the AD’s governorship candidate and their fathers had nothing in common in political orientation and moral principle.
They alleged that Oke wanted to use their father’s names to deceive the people of Ondo State in order to get their votes in the forthcoming November 26 governorship election.
The statement said, “We take exception to Oke’s claim in political jingles on radio and television and his misleading political campaigns that his political philosophy represented our fathers’ political identities, including claims that our late fathers’ families have endorsed him as the governorship candidate of Ondo State.
“This is clearly a fraud. Nobody in the families of the late leaders ever endorsed Oke because the AD’s candidate has nothing in common with our fathers.
“Ajasin and Adefarati never flirted with the ruling party before they became governors of the Sunshine State; all they did was to remain in their political camps to realise their ambitions without jumping around for fortunes like Oke is now doing by running away from the PDP after the party lost the presidential election in 2015.
“Our fathers also did not have any criminal records as Oke is being alleged by his people that he diverted NDDC’s N155m to his private pocket after allegedly using a non-existent community called Ubaeripato to allegedly fund non-existent projects to fleece the people of the Niger Delta of the money meant for their communities’ development.
“It is on this note that we warn Oke to stop dropping the names of our fathers because he has nothing in common with our noble fathers and the families will never under any circumstance endorse Oke for any leadership position in the state because of his moral burden and political records.”
However, the Chairman of Media and Publicity of the Olusola Oke Campaign Organisation, Mr. Kola Olabisi, said Oke never used the late former governor’s name to campaign. He said Gboyega Adefarati, who signed the statement was a member of the All Progressives Congress and signed the statement for his selfish reason.
He said, “Gboyega Adefarati has sold his father’s birthright. He should keep quiet. His father’s bosom friend, Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa was here yesterday (Monday). He made his father the Presidential Candidate of AD before his demise. He was here yesterday telling the people that this is the party of Baba Adefarati, Baba Ajasin and Awolowo and that Action Group that later metaphosed into AD was founded in Owo in Ondo State.
“When a son is now denying his father, then the whole world should know that he is not a true son of his father. He is a young man, who had pitched his tent with the people who are dancing on his father’s grave. It is very unfortunate that he has shunned the people and the party that made his father governor.”
“The National Leader of AD has spoken in Ondo State, then who is Gboyega Adefarati?. We are not joining issues with Adefarati and Ajasin’s family because we respect the families so much.”