Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday urged politicians and non-political actors who genuinely desired peace and progress to join hands with Governor Dapo Abiodun.
The party made the call following judgement of the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, which yesterday dismissed a petition filed by the Allied People’s Movement (APM) against the victory of Abiodun in the March 9 gubernatorial election.
In the lead judgement read by Justice Muhammed Ambi-Usi Danjuma, the court held that the 10 grounds filed by the APM and its governorship candidate, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade, lacked merit.
But addressing a press conference in Abeokuta shortly after the judgement, the Ogun APC described the verdict as a reaffirmation of the divine mandate given to the party and the governor at the polls.
Its Publicity Secretary, Tunde Oladunjoye, said Abiodun who believed in politics without bitterness, needed well-meaning people to work with as he would continue with his inclusive administration.
Oladunjoye said: “The party believes that the latest judgement from the Appeal Court will put an end to the side distractions of this budding political association touting unmerited mandate.
“In line with the campaign promise of the Governor, the administration has been running and will continue to run an inclusive government. It therefore behoves politicians and non-politicians who genuinely desire the peace and progress of our dear state to join hands with our governor, who believes in politics without bitterness.
“For the first time, we are running a government that is not winners take all. It is not a government of me, my family and my friends. It has been a government of inclusiveness and it has really been very inclusive.
“The Special Advisers announced so far are not totally from the APC. Some of them contested on the platform of other political parties. The governor is walking his talk as far as such running inclusive government is concerned.
“In politics, we say the more, the merrier. But you cannot dictate or give conditional entry into a political party. First you have to come in, look at things and what is on ground; do your calculations.
“But we are very determined that within the six months of his administration, which is not common in this state, you’ve seen different political leaders, parties, associations coming forward to say that we want to put our trust in this government, we want to trust this governor, and that is what we need to take the state to the next level.”