- Akeredolu said he has gotten Buhari's blessing to seek re-election in Ondo state
- The governor also claimed that he was sure of victory in the election
- Meanwhile, he is facing a serious challenge from strong APC chieftains like Olusola Oke
Ahead of the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo, the governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, has visited President Muhammadu Buhari to intimate him of his desire to seek re-election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor also presented his Expression of Interest forms to the president, Premium Times reports.
Akeredolu who is facing serious challenge from different powerful aspirants in the state told State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday, June 16, that he has secured the blessing of the president.
He also said that he was sure God would give him victory.
Akeredolu said he was in the State House to tell Buhari he was running for re-election and to present his Expression of Interest forms to him.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Akeredolu described the cost of nomination and expression of interest forms of the APC as being too expensive.
The governor said that he frowned at the cost of the form and raised an alarm when it was declared at the APC caucus meeting, This Day reports.
In fact, Akeredolu mentioned that upon hearing the amount, N22.5 million, he literally screamed because, according to him, he did not have the money.
The governor said: “When I contested the first and second time in 2012 and 2016 respectively, I raised the money on my own but was not as much as this.
“When the fee for this year’s election was announced, I screamed that it was too much, and that I don’t have the money."
He said top members of his campaign team paid him a visit on Tuesday, June 9, and presented him with a cheque of the said amount as a gesture of their support for his re-election bid.
Moved by this, the governor promised his supporters that their effort to see him retain his office as the governor of the state will not be in vain.
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