- APC leaders in Ondo state have accused Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of working against President Muhammadu Buhari's re-election
- The leaders alleged that all the state and local government machinery and party resources had been moblised by Akeredolu, in support of his political allies who are contesting on the platform of the opposition AA party
- In response, however, the state commissioner for information, Yemi Olowolabi, denied the allegations; stating that nothing could be farther from the truth
Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state have accused Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of working against President Muhammadu Buhari's re-election.
In a chat with newsmen on Monday, February 18, the leaders said the APC's fortunes in the state were being affected by the governor's support for his allies who defected to the Action Alliance (AA), Premium Times reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the leaders alerted Buhari and the APC's national leadership to a looming defeat of the APC presidential candidate in Ondo state, due to the governor's alleged anti-party activities.
They alleged that all the state and local government machinery and party resources had been moblised by Akeredolu, in support of his political allies who are contesting on the platform of the AA, Premium Times reports.
The leaders demanded that Buhari and the national leadership of the APC should relate directly with the party’s candidates in the states instead of through the governor, in order to avert defeat on Saturday, February 23.
Addressing journalists on behalf of the leaders, Thalis Apalowo alleged that money meant for Ondo APC had been disbursed to Akeredolu's political allies in Ondo AA. He further claimed that ahead of Saturday's polls, the governor had continued such serious anti-party activities.
He said: "Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has continued to finance the AA and its candidates in Ondo state. It, therefore, indicates that the governor is indirectly funding the presidential aspiration of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
“It is a known fact that the leadership of AA in Ondo state has complied with the directives of their national leaders to work for the success of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and all PDP candidates in Ondo state.
“It is no longer news that the media has reported the involvement of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in anti-party activities. What the media is yet to report is that the governor has mobilised the machinery of the government of Ondo state and local councils to work for his preferred candidates in the Action Alliance (AA).
“For us, we consider the report that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu disbursed the money meant for Ondo APC to his political allies in Ondo AA as the height of anti-party activities. In Ondo North senatorial district and other parts of Ondo state, the money meant for APC was distributed to members of AA.”
In response, however, the state commissioner for information, Yemi Olowolabi, denied the allegations.
Olowolabi, in a statement released on Monday, said the statement containing the allegations erroneously alleged that Akeredolu is financing the activities of the AA.
He said in part: "Nothing can be farther from the truth. In actual sense, Governor Akeredolu’s campaign activities and record of achievements in office have been a major boost for the re-election of President Buhari and indeed all APC candidates in the state.
“However, from the contents of his statement, Mr Apalowo must have fallen victim of deliberate misinformation by some mischievous politicians."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo state have stated that re-electing the APC at the federal level in the 2019 general elections would be a "huge mistake" by the people of Nigeria.
The leaders, who hail from Ondo Central, made the statement at a meeting held at Igbara Oke.
The leader of the Elders Forum in the state, Professor Olu Agbi, said: "Nigerians had been able to compare PDP with the ruling APC and had accepted that they made a huge mistake in the 2015 general elections. Nigerians are now ready to rectify the mistake in the forthcoming elections."
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