Ondo agog as Tinubu makes confession on how Akeredolu got APC ticket

...Akande, others in attendance at flag-off campaign(here are photos)

By Tunde Olorungbotemi, Akure

Ondo was agog on Saturday, September 5, as Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC),former Osun State Governor, Chief Bisi Akande and some top members of the ruling party arrived the state for the reelection campaign of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.

The governorship election in Ondo has been scheduled for October 10 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Akeredoulu, who is seeking reelection on the platform of the ruling party, will have to face his embattled deputy governor Agboola Alfred Ajayi and his familiar foe Eyitayo Jegede (SAN), the former attorney-general of the state.

Meanwhile, the National leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu today inaugurated Ondo Revenue House, located along Igbatoro road, Akure, the project executed by the administration of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

Inaugurating the project, Tinubu who is also in Akure to flag off the reelection campaign of the governor, said he deliberately avoided some APC leaders prior the July 20 governorship primary.

The former Lagos governor noted that “It is against this context, that my actions regarding Ondo must be weighed. The governor had showed that he wanted genuine reconciliation among party members in the state.

“As part of this trust-building process, the governor was asked to extend a hand of fellowship to those who felt aggrieved and to embrace all the leaders within the state chapter of the party so that our progressive front would again be solid and strong.”

Tinubu made some confessions about how APC reconciliation was achieved in ondo state.” Here, I must offer a confession. When some of our members sought to reach me before the primaries to raise questions regarding Governor Akeredolu, I made myself unavailable.

“I did not do this to hurt or insult anyone. Here I ask that none of you be offended. I did this because I know the depth of character and the high quality of the leaders of this state’s chapter. You are all my brothers in whom I repose greater confidence.

“Thus, I knew that you all would work all important things out among yourselves. And, with but a little nudging and encouragement from me and others, you would reach the point where reconciliation would begin.

“True to my high estimation of your principles and political astuteness, you all began to reach out to each other and work together toward a common and good cause – the continuance of progressive governance in Ondo under the banner of the APC.

“I thank God that such a number of excellent and wide leaders are in our party. As such, Governor Akeredolu is the first among equals which means all of you must continue to dialogue and the door of consultation must remain open that our governor in his second term can rely on our collective wisdom to bring even more improvement to the state.

“Today, we have a united All Progressives Congress in Ondo. United toward achieving victory in the governorship election. United in the developmental work that must be done after the election.

“I would be remiss if I fail to thank Baba Olanusi and other members of the now defunct Unity Forum for their commitment to the party and for so firmly believing in what we stand for.

“I also commend all the governorship aspirants who came to endorse Governor Akeredolu for a second term. Permit me to mention them by name for they desire our accolades and even more:
Olusola Oke
Segun Abraham
Jimi Odimayo
Olaide Owolabi Adelami
Olusola Iji
Mrs Jumoke Anifowose and Nat Adojutelegan have also indicated their readiness to withdraw their cases from court.

“I thank former Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Ifedayo Sunday Abegunde aka Abena, who came back to us and who agreed to work for Governor Akeredolu’s re-election. I cannot thank all of you enough.

“We are in this battle together, more importantly we are one the same side of it. The fight is not only to ensure the re-election of Governor Akeredolu but to establish a progressive government where we are capable of doing so.

“In this manner we achieve continued progress and development in our country through patriotic and visionary leadership. In this manner, we establish a progressive society.

With these words, may I now inaugurate the Ondo State Revenue House that will help generate the revenues necessary for the development of the state for the good of its people. I thank you all,” Asiwaju Tinubu said.

Jegede is running on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while Ajayi will be testing his popularity on the platform of Zenith Labour Pary (ZLP) having failed to secure the PDP ticket.

Meanwhile, VOICE AIR MEDIA reported that Ifedayo Abegunde, former secretary to the Ondo state government, has finally made a U-turn barely two months after he resigned from Governor Akeredolu's cabinet.

Abegunde parted ways with Akeredolu as he resigned his appointment as the SSG on Monday morning, July 6, with some weeks to the APC primary election.

The former SSG was later rumoured to have stepped down in order to contest as a deputy governor to one of the governorship aspirants in the state, Segun Abraham.

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