A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Saka Yusuf, said on Thursday that no group can lay claim to the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, in the just concluded gubernatorial poll in Ondo State.
Yusuf, was reacting to a published story accredited to the former Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, that those who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were responsible for the victory of the party.
But, the party chieftain, who spoke with reporters in Akure, the state capital said it was the people of the state who voted for Akeredolu.
Yusuf noted that the PDP defectors are in two blocks, adding that they include the Akokos and the Ikale.
He stressed that the local government where majority of them are from in Akoko, the Akoko South west has always been won by APC due to the factor of late Governor Adebayo Adefarati and his son, Gboyega.
He also explained that the Ikale, which has always been the stronghold of PDP, particularly Okitipupa has never been won by APC despite the defectors are from that local government.
Yusuf, however, said their defections added value to the party but the people of the state made the victory of Akeredolu happened.
“We have three reasons why we won the election. The credibility and acceptability of Akeredolu, the desire to align with the federal government by our people and the people poor performance of Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s government.
“How are you expecting a governor to win in a civil servant state when workers are being owned seven months salaries”?