- Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is said to have the backing of the presidency ahead of the Ondo APC primary election
- APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is said to have been sidelined from the exercise
- An aspirant who is reportedly being backed by Tinubu for the election has been disqualified
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A report by Daily Trust indicates that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu seems to be the favoured candidate of the presidency ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Ondo state.
According to the report, not only as Governor Akeredolu favoured, the purported disqualification of Mr Segun Abraham, is an indication that the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been dumped by the presidency.
Tinubu is said to be backing Abraham for the APC ticket as he did in 2016.
Governor Akeredolu is said to have the support of President Buhari ahead of the Ondo APC primary election. Photo credit: Presidency
Although he is yet to openly declare support for Abraham this time, the Tinubu camp is said to be shocked by the disqualification of their preferred candidate, Segun Abraham.
The Tijani Tumsa–led screening committee had on Friday, July 9 announced the disqualification of one the contenders. No name was mentioned but sources in the party said it was Abraham.
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.
It would be recalled that Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti had led Akeredolu on a reconciliation mission to Tinubuu in May.
The mission was said to have been futile as they were unable to secure the commitment of the APC national leader to support his support.
A chieftain of the party, Mr Rotimi Fashakin, said it was not true that Tinubu did not support Akeredolu. He stated that what the APC leader said was that he would support any aspirant that emerged as the party’s candidate.
“He has invested a lot in APC. He is going to play his role as the National Leader of the party to ensure the party remains a progressive party,” Fashakin added.
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Meanwhile, Ondo deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, has 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.
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