- Politicial activities have kicked off in Ondo ahead of the 2020 governorship election in the state
- Political gladiators in the state are already gearing up for the election which is expected to spark fireworks
- Already, members of the ruling All Progressives Congress have split into two factions
With almost a year to the 2020 governorship election in Ondo state, members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have split into two factions.
According to a report by Daily Sun, the party is already divided with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu leading a group and a former deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Alli Olanusi leading another.
While Akeredolu is the only one who has signified intention to contest in his faction, a former state chairman of the party, Mr Isaac Kekemeke, a serving senator, Professor Ajayi Boroffice and Chief Olusola Oke have also signified intention to contest in the other faction.
The trio aready have their posters and handbills pasted in strategic places in major towns across the state.
Also, the three gladiators are said to have been meeting with stakeholders in the party across all the local government areas in the state, even as they are said to be already planning to open campaign offices.
Although, Boroffice was said to have made his decision to contest the governorship position known during a political meeting at his Oka-Akoko hometown.
However, political observers believe that the intention of Boroffice to contest will be subject to the position of the former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who is believed to be his political godfather.
It was gathered that Akeredolu have started funding various meetings held at his instance among politicians of the APC extraction in the state.
The governor is said to have been moving round to meet leaders of the APC both within and outside the state for the realisation of his second term ambition.
Although the governor has not formally declared his intention to contest for a second term, it was gathered that he was gathered that because of his ambition, he has been making efforts to reconcile the party which is already polarised.
He was said to have allegedly influenced a reconciliatory meeting held with the two groups by Tinubu and former governor of Osun state, Chief Bisi Akande recently.
Tinubu, it was learnt pleaded with the two factions of the party during the meeting on the need to allow peace reign in order not to lose out to the opposition political party in the long run.
He said the opposition parties especially the PDP was capitalizing on the divisin within the party \\to further their interests.
A month ago, the Ondo state government dismissed rumours suggesting Governor Akeredolu has been hospitalised.
The state commissioner for information and national orientation, Donald Ojogo said the governor was on annual vacation and has since returned to Abuja, adding that those spreading the rumours do not mean well for the state.
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