2019: Akeredolu/Oshiomhole rift threatens APC chances in Ondo

2019: Akeredolu/Oshiomhole rift threatens APC chances in Ondo

- Emerging reports have claimed that chances of winning the 2019 general election in Ondo state by the APC is becoming doubtful

- Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu are said to have been having dispute over the automatic tickets given to three senators representing the state at the National Assembly

- The development is said not to have gone well with Akeredolu and the state working committee of the party under the leadership of the party’s chairman in the state, Ade Adetimehin

The national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole and governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu are said to have been at loggerheads since the national working committee of the party gave automatic tickets to the three senators representing the state at the National Assembly.

Daily Sun reports that the current prevailing political circumstances has slimmed down the chances of the party winning the 2019 general election in the state.

It was learnt that before the emergence of Oshiomhole, Akeredolu was considered to be one of the confidants of President Buhari and a close ally of the former national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie Oyegun.

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The governor was said to be one of those against the national leader of the party and former governor of Lagos state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Meanwhile, Tinubu, being the man behind the emergence of Oshiomhole, it was believed that the loyalty of Akeredolu to the party leadership was affected.

This perhaps may be the reason the candidates of Akeredolu lost the senatorial tickets, as it was rumoured that Tinubu allegedly worked to ensure that Boroffice got the party’s ticket against the wish of the governor.

It was learn that the development did not go well with Akeredolu and the state working committee of the party under the leadership of the party’s chairman in the state, Ade Adetimehin

Adetimehin was said to have later mobilised against the decision of the NWC of the party, claiming that the leadership of the party in the state was not aware of the process that led to the emergence of the three candidates.

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According to him, there was no primary election in the party and the leadership of the party at the state level was not carried along in the decision taken by the Oshiomhole-led NWC.

The development however led to serious crisis within the state chapter of the party, as some as some members threatened to defected from the party.

The occurrence appeared to be posing a strong challenge to the chances of the party in the next year’s general election, especially National Assembly and presidential elections, as many members of the party have defected to other political parties.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo state governor, on Tuesday, December 4, stated that two chieftains of the APC in the state that recently left for the Peoples Democratic Party, did not belong to his cabinet.

The chieftains include Akopebi Lubi and Benson Enikuomehin who recently resigned their appointments and immediately defected to the PDP.

They were senior special assistant on Niger Delta affairs and special assistant on oil and gas to the governor respectively.

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