Tinubu, Akande’s alleged endorsement of Akeredolu sparks controversy

Tinubu, Akande’s alleged endorsement of Akeredolu sparks controversy

- The APC in Ondo state is reportedly involved in a controversy over Governor Akeredolu's re-election

- It was reported that Chief Bola Tinubu and other party chieftains endorsed the governor

- Those at the meeting however said it was a reconciliatory one

Some stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state have reportedly dismissed alleged endorsement of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for second term in office.

This came following a visit to Ondo state by leaders of the party where it was reported that they had endorsed the governor for second term.

The leaders were the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; former Interim national chairman, Chief Bisi Akande; chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Kayode Fayemi and erstwhile governor of Ogun state, Chief Segun Osoba.

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A source close to the national leader said the meeting was a peace move as the delegation was in the state to “reconcile all aggrieved persons as all the factions narrated their complaints, including the governor. It was never discussed that Akeredolu would or should be supported for a second term. We have not reached that level at all.”

Tolu Babaleye who stood in for the lawmaker representing Ondo North, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, also said the meeting was a reconciliatory one.

He said: “There was nothing like issue of supporting him for second term. He was told to forgive us while we were also urged to forgive him in the interest of the party.”

Another attendee, Pastor Bankole Oluwajana, said the essence of the meeting was to foster peace in the political grouping.

It was learnt that the suggestion by the governor for ex-state chairman of the party, Isaac Kekemeke, to head the caucus was rejected.

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Recall that Akeredolu was criticised for allegedly saying that Akure town will not produce the next governor in 2020.

Akeredolu was quoted as saying he would rather support a candidate for a ministerial slot for the people of Akure, instead of a governorship candidate from there.

The PDP, whose governorship candidate in the last election, Eyitayo Jegede, is from Akure, said the governor’s comments were offensive and unwarranted.

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