Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State says he is still in the state’s governorship race scheduled by the Independent National Electoral Commission for October 10, 2020.
Akeredolu’s reaction followed news of his disqualification from participating in the July 20, 2020 governorship primaries of the All Progressives Congress.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the screening, which took place from July 8 to 10, 2020 in Abuja, was for the 12 APC governorship aspirants in the state.
Ojo Oyewamide, Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, in a statement on Sunday in Akure, said the rumour was a ploy to distract supporters of Akeredolu.
Oyewamide explained that it was another distraction “unleashed with the aim of deceiving the unsuspecting public and diverting attention from the self-imposed pains on the part of those behind the story.
“They are scavengers and will stop at nothing to sustain their trade of deceit. Ignore them, remain firm, be dedicated and prayerful.
“Akeredolu is not just participating at the party primary. He shall be re-elected by the Grace of God, come October 10, 2020.
“The governor, therefore, appeals to all his supporters to ignore the rumour and dedicate this period to God for His continuous grace, favour and protection.”