By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
The best option to resolving problems is constructive dialogue, Chairman of the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Engr. Ade Adetimehin has said.
Adetimehin gave the charge in Akure, the Ondo State capital over the weekend after he led members of the State Working Committee to assess the level of damage done to the State secretariat of the ruling party, along Oyemekun Road in Akure. the state capital.
Hoodlums, who hid under a genuine #EndSARS protest attacked the secretariat on Wednesday, maliciously ransacking the two-story edifice, before setting the building that house the party’s executive Committee ablaze.
Lamenting the crude and avoidable destruction, the party chieftain said the development had put the party into disarray, and wondered how a genuine protest could pave the way for such level of destruction.
The party Chairman urged youths to sheath their sword, to give room for constructive dialogue with the State and Federal authorities, to ensure a better Nigeria for all.
He called on well-meaning people to assist the party to stand again, saying, “APC in Ondo State today is like an orphan; we have no office to carry out party functions.”
Adetimehin said the party was pained that a meaningful protest by the highly versatile youths was hijacked by poorly educated and jobless group, who had no idea of what the protest was all about.
He said, “Our appeal is to Nigerians to assist the state chapter to rebuild the secretariat, to ensure the smooth running of APC activities in Ondo State.”
He appealed to APC members and sympathisers to exhibit high level of caution, and called for support for the State Government, “particularly in this trying period,” to promote speedy recovery from the pains caused by the “unprecedented degree of destruction.”