Akande : Why I was Absent at APC Rally in Ondo

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Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo

The first National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande has said that his absence at the flag-off rally of the APC governorship candidate in Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu was not as a result of any resentment against the him nor the party as being insinuated.

Akande said he had no reason to shun APC campaigns and rallies in the state, stating that Akeredolu and other governorship aspirants were his close associates.

The former governor of Osun State who spoke through his Media Aide, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa in a press statement on Friday maintained that he was taking seriously, the medical advice of his doctors to stay away from stress because of his health condition.

Besides, the APC leader had also expressed the hope that the misunderstanding within the party would end as efforts were being made to find lasting and amicable resolution.

The statement reads: “Our attention has been drawn to publications in some media today, making unnecessary insinuations in to Chief Bisi Akande’s absence at the APC governorship rally in Akure on Thursday.

“May we state that: Chief Bisi Akande has no reason to shun APC campaigns and rallies in Ondo state because every APC aspirant that contested the Ondo state governorship primary in September has always been his close associate and knew so well that he (Bisi Akande) is being treated from one hospital to another in the USA, the U.K. and in Nigeria since last April.

“He, according to medical advice, is being asked to take things easy in the time being. Despite that, as an APC respectable leader, he has been working behind the scene to reconcile differences among the warring tendencies in the party.”