A group within the Ondo State All Progressives Congress, APC Muslim Council, said on Thursday that it had not endorsed any aspirant vying for the governorship ticket of the party.
A statement jointly signed by the coordinator of the group, Alhaji Takuro Amidu, and the spokesperson, Akindele Ahmed, said the APC Muslim Council in Ondo State had not endorsed one of the aspirants, Mr. Olusegun Abraham.
Abraham is widely believed to be favoured by the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to clinch the party’s governorship ticket.
Tinubu’s support for Abraham has come under attack by a cross-section of aspirants within the party.
Specifically, one of the aspirants, Dr. Tunji Abayomi, had written an open letter to Tinubu, accusing the former governor of Lagos State of disrupting the unity within the party.
Abayomi had faulted Tinubu on the grounds that it was better for the national leader to allow a free and fair primary to take place rather than impose an aspirant on the party.
But Tinubu, in a reply to Abayomi, said he, like any other member of the party, had the right to choose, whoever he likes for the governorship post.
The APC group said, “The APC Muslim Council comprising Ulamas, Chief Imams, Muslim leaders and all Muslim organisations in Ondo State has affirmed that its support will only be given to a credible, God-fearing person with demonstrable antecedents.
“We will only support an aspirant who would rule with equity and justice as stated by the Holy Quran. We will only endorse an aspirant who has practical antecedents of developing his or her people and community because community development is a highly rewarding act of worship in Islam.”
The group said it would only support a Muslim/Christian ticket, adding that the best candidates should be given the opportunity to govern the state.