- Chief Olusola Oke has accused Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of using his aides to further aggravate the disaffection within the ruling party
- Akeredolu's aides said the governor would resist attempts from any quarter to install a stooge who would rule the state by proxy
- Meanwhile, the PDP said if Governor Akeredolu desires to join its party, he will be welcome as a fresh member with no special privilege
As the internal crises within Ondo state All Progressives Congress (APC) continues to fester, the southwest coordinator of the presidential campaign, Chief Olusola Oke, has urged the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, to call his aides to order.
In a statement issued to journalists in Akure on Monday, May 6, the media aide to Oke, Rotimi Ogunleye, accused the governor of using his aides to further aggravate and cause disaffection within the ruling party.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Akure, Oluwadamilare Moriyeke, reports that Oke lamented that the governor and party leadership in the state spurned all attempts to reconcile the aggrieved members of the party due to the fallout of the controversial September 3, 2016 governorship primary election.
Meanwhile, the situation became tensed up after the rumoured suspension of Akeredolu for anti-party activities in the last general election as his aides blamed the national leadership for his predicament.
The governor was reportedly queried for supporting his cronies to contest against APC candidates under the aegis of Action Alliance (AA) in the last election, leading to massive defeat of APC candidates in the last election.
But a former commissioner in Osun state, Bola Ilori, had absolved the national leader, Bola Tinubu, the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and former Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola of the allegations.
Ilori iterated that the governor's "vindictive traits has aided disharmony within Ondo APC,stressing that it was strange for a man that has become governor for years to still be grudging on an intra-party primary that preceded his tenure."
Without mincing words, the special special adviser to the governor on special duties, Dr. Doyin Odebowale and the senior special assistant to the governor on strategy, research and documentation, Kunle Adebayo, accused the national leaders of plotting against the governor.
According to them, Akeredolu was meticulous with the resources of the state and would resist attempts from any quarter to install a stooge who would rule the state by proxy. They bragged nothing can stop his second term in 2021.
Whereas, there have been rumours that the embattled governor is making clandestine moves to join the major opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), so as to seek a second term ticket.
Though Adebayo refuted the rumour in his recent interview, titled: "Why those against Akeredolu will fail," saying, "In spite of all these democratic activism, I do not think our conversation will degenerate to that level you insinuate."
However, Oke, who is a two-term governorship candidate, acknowledged his defection from the party due to the gross malpractices that marred the 2016 primary election; and decision of the former national leadership to pervert justice.
He recounted that five members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had recommended that the primary should be cancelled but the former National Chairman, Dr. John Odigie-Oyegun, had done otherwise.
Oke insisted that the party could rise above the level of blame trade by accepting the reality of their situation, appealing for genuine reconciliation to make the party stronger in the state.
Nonetheless, he declared that "it is unacceptable that the aides of governor Akeredolu will continue to throw invective at the leaders of APC in the state and the national level without any restrain.
"That it has attained a usual trend suggests that the governor approves of their invectives otherwise, the governor should call his aide to order.
The PDP publicity secretary, southwest, Ayo Fadaka, confirmed the rumour of the governor's defection plans due to his manifold challenges within the ruling party that threaten his second term ticket.
Fadaka noted that the major opposition party in the state, PDP, remained united through dint of hard work and commitment of its leaders and members, asserting that it "is not primed to be taken over by anyone, irrespective of his status.
"We also declare that anyone who wishes to join our party will also be welcome into our ranks provided such a person or group recognises the fact that no special privileges will be accorded him/them upon joining. Thus should Governor Rotimi Akeredolu desire to join our Party today, he will be welcome as a fresh member with no special privileges of any kind."
It is common knowledge that gubernatorial election holds in Ondo state in 2020.
The PDP chieftain disclosed that prominent members are already getting prepared to take a shot at becoming the party's flag bearer in the governorship election.
He, however, affirmed that "the hoopla surrounding Akeredolu's desire to join our party remains a rumor and currently not an issue within our party.
"We therefore enjoin our members in Ondo state to disregard the rumor and continue to promote and extend the frontiers of the Party in their various communities."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that there are indications that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state was set to make peace with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
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