- Engineer Ifeoluwa Oyedele says he did not collect any dime to step down for Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu
- Oyedele stepped down for the governor before the APC governorship primary election in Ondo state
- The party chieftain who is widely respected and influential in the state said he took the decision in the interest of the APC
Engineer Ifeoluwa Oyedele has denied allegations that he collected huge sums of money to step down for Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu before the Ondo state All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary.
While addressing his supporters on Tuesday, July 21 in Akure, the Ondo state capital, Oyedele said he took the decision in the interest of the APC.
According to him, his interest is the rebuilding of the APC and unity of the people across the state to ensure economic development.
His words: “Akeredolu has promised that he will work to correct what he did in the past. He apologised to everybody he may have offended through his actions.”
Oyedele is said to be one of the APC leading aspirants in the Ondo governorship election before he dropped out of the race.
Rumours suggested that he was financially induced to take the decision, but he has now put paid to the reports.
Recall that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu recently emerged the governorship candidate of the APC in the forthcoming Ondo state gubernatorial election.
Akeredolu was declared the party’s flag bearer, having won the highest number of lawful votes at the party’s primary election held at Akure on Monday, July 20.
Meanwhile, Governor Akeredolu has started visiting the other aspirants who lost in the election to get their support ahead of the main election.
Barely 24 hours after his victory, the governor has been visiting his rivals to get them onboard his campaign train for the main election.
One of those the governor visited is Chief Olusola Oke. Political analyst, Tunde Odusanya, wrote about Oke recently.
His words: “Olusola Oke seems to be a big contender in the Ondo uber since past 8 years now. And he is doing everything to make sure his dream comes true. Many people see him as a big dog in the game, especially people from the waterside area of the state, but is he willing to let whole people of the state feel his potential impact.
“But now that he is not getting the ticket to unleash his leadership skills. How is he going to do this?
“Recall that in September 2016, Olusola Oke was also part of the APC primaries.
“Olusola became third, Akeredolu also won the primaries and Tinubu supported candidate, Segun Abraham became second.
“Olusola Oke in a bid to keep his governorship aspiration didn't have to wait long to decide, he defected to another party barely one month after, to continue pursuing his November 26 (2016) dream. Though it never came true, it is better than none.
“Fast forward to now, Oke has lost in the primaries again, and what this suggests is that he will likely defect to another party to keep the dream.
“Oke has contested in every Ondo guber since 2012, and he still continues in 2020. He won't let it die in him, I am sure no obstacle will stop him to proceed. He prefers to lose in the main election than regretting he didn't participate.
“Olusola can be easily predicted for how easily he loves to defect from one party to the other. Especially when the current party is not in his favour. The reason for most of his defection is that he wants to surely become the governor of Ondo state, and unleash his capacity.
“Many people are seeing it as being 'too desperate', but he sees it as 'quitters never win. Primaries don't actually mean one is a loser, the electorates will determine the real winner.”
On social media, Nigerians have been commenting on Akeredolu's emergence as the APC candidate for the election.
Abou Sidra wrote on Twitter: A lot has changed in the APC within a short period. Divisive and destructive elements in the party have lost control of decision making. Akeredolu got his mojo back, those sponsored and supported to go against him have all regressed back into their shelves. APC moves on.
John Martus wrote on Nairaland: They shouldn't give room for reconciliation. Akeredolu does not deserve the second term.