The post-election crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) continues to deepen as the governor of Ondo State Rotimi Akeredolu has entered the fray.
The governor while reacting to allegations that he was in agreement with several APC governors to remove Adams Oshiomole as national chairman, described him as an incompetent party chairman.
Akeredolu denied the allegations and accused the embattled national chairman of revealing traits of incompetency in the manner in which he handled the recently concluded party primaries across the country.
Akeredolu made his displeasure known through a statement by his Senior Special Adviser on Special Duties and Strategy, Doyin Odebowale,
In the statement, Akeredolu alleged that the APC primaries exposed the incompetence of Mr. Oshiomhole saying the exercise was a “political charade” and a revelation of “a shocking proclivity towards banditry and impunity” as evidenced by recent events.
According to sources within the APC, Akeredolu is unhappy with Oshiomole because some of his anointed candidates did not make the list of candidates being fielded by the party for Senate and House of Representatives seats.
The sources say further that Akeredolu considered this as an affront against his authority as the political leader of the APC in Ondo state.
Consequently Mr. Akeredolu had been pitted against the leadership of Oshiomole saying aggrieved party members had the right to demand for justice even if it includes calling for the removal of the chairman.
Despite his grouse with the National leadership of the party however, Akeredolu restated his commitment to work for the re-election of incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari.
Read the content of the statement below;
“There is no truth in the whole contrivance. The governor has been pre-occupied with matters of governance in Ondo State for which he was elected.
The governor had expressed preference for someone else during the contest for the office of the Chairman of the Party.
He did not hide his opposition to Mr. Oshiomole’s aspiration for the simple reason that the leadership of a party, especially the one just emerging from a merger, should distance itself from egregious and inherently destructive narcissism.
Recent events seem to justify this position as prescient. Only sycophants will fail to see the obvious. Mr. President would not have expressed worries over the crises in the party if everything had gone on smoothly.
The handlers of the mob strive in vain to set the president against certain government functionaries considered antagonistic to their pernicious scheme for dominance.
Their devious plot to outsmart those perceived as opposing their expansionist tendency compelled them to take desperate measures. Anyone endowed with an attitude of sobriety should have seen the need for calm.
Rather than retrace their steps and display genuine contrition, their desperation pushes them to embrace measures capable of not only hurting the party, but, regrettably, the president, whom they pretend to love so much.
Those who collected varying and humongous amounts as fees from aspirants during the last grandiose charade called primaries and submitted names dictated to them by a cabal, notorious for capturing political power for unbridled pillage, should be bold to explain their real motives to the people. They should be honest enough to deal with the issues.
Events, which took place across the country during the political charade, have exposed not only sheer incompetence on the part of the national leadership of the party, but painfully, it has revealed a shocking proclivity towards banditry and impunity.
It is becoming clear, increasingly, that party leadership at that level is seriously challenged in terms of capacity for serious engagements.
Arakunrin Akeredolu, SAN, does not need to move from ‘North’ to ‘South’ to collect signatures from victims of electoral heist. He was in Ondo State throughout last week.
He was at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, to deliver a lecture on restructuring a few days ago. He is at presently in Canada on a working visit.
Only the mob and their hirers can explain the imagined movement from North to South. However, those who feel aggrieved reserve the right to demand that justice be done. If this includes the removal of Mr. Oshiomole, so be it.
May we seize this opportunity to reiterate the fact that the people of Ondo State are favourably disposed to the second term bid of Mr. President.
Our people are unique; they are unwavering in their support for justice. They alone determine what is in their best interest at all times. The President is loved by the people of Ondo State.
All of us shall work, assiduously, for the President’s victory at the polls next year. We do not need any band of mendicants ready for hire to remind us of this sacred patriotic duty.”
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