- The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is set for the Ondo governorship primary election
- All 12 aspirants jostling for the party's ticket have been cleared
- Reports say Governor Rotimi Akeredolu seems to be the favoured candidate of the presidency ahead of the exercise
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All the 12 aspirants jostling for the governorship ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state have been cleared by the party’s screening committee.
The ruling party’s screening panel was chaired by Tijjani Tumsa.
The party’s deputy national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, said none of the 12 aspirants was disqualified from the race.
He listed the aspirants in the primary election to include incumbent Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Kekemeke Isaac, Olayide Adelami, Joseph Iji, Segun Abraham and Nathaniel Adojutelegan
Others are Olusola Oke, Ifeoluwa Oyedele, Odimayo John, Olajumoke Anifowoshe, Awodeyi Akinsehinwa and Olubukola Olarogha.
Meanwhile, a recent media report indicates that Governor Akeredolu seems to be the favoured candidate of the presidency ahead of the primary election.
Sources quoted in the report said the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari in Ondo state earlier this year to commission Ondo-Linyi Industrial Hub and Flyover Interchange was a tacit endorsement of Akeredolu.
Aside from the presidency’s support, Akeredolu is said to enjoy the support of his colleagues, in the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), chaired by the Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu.
Despite his encouraging endorsement across board, Governor Akeredolu is still battling to keep his government afloat as his deputy has since defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Agboola Ajayi, Akeredolu's deputy has been having a running battle with his boss which culminated in his defection to the PDP.
He recently declared that the plot by some members of the state house of assembly to impeach him won't succeed.
Ajayi said he had yet to be served the impeachment notice by the state lawmakers, adding that he considers the impeachment notice as a rumour.
In reaction to the altercation between Akerdolu and Ajayi, the World Bishops’ Council (WBC) in Africa, has advised the deputy governor to resign.
The religious organisation said the Ondo deputy governor should make the move “to allow peace to reign in the state,” in a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, July 14 and signed by it spokesman, Bishop Seun Adeoye.
“We advise him as a child of God to tow the path of honour by promptly resigning his deputy governorship position and pursue the path of peace,” the group said.
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