Despite Tinubu’s rejection of primary, Buhari urges Ondo voters to support Akeredolu

President Buhari presents APC's Rotimi Akeredolu to Ondo's voters
President Buhari presents APC's Rotimi Akeredolu to Ondo's voters

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday formally presented Rotimi Akeredolu to Ondo voters ahead of next weekend’s governorship election, declaring that the controversial primary that produced him was credible and transparent.

The President, whose presence at the All Progressives Congress’ campaign rally attracted a huge crowd, appreciated the party leadership for ensuring transparency during the primary which held on September 3 in Akure.

“We thank the party for conducting a transparent primary election which produced the candidate,” the president said.

“I can assure you, on Saturday we are going to win God willing.”

He raised the hand of Rotimi Akeredolu, urging the people of Ondo State to vote massively for him on Saturday.

The president’s assertion negates the opinion of aggrieved members of the party who protested the outcome of the primary after alleging irregularities.

The APC appeals committee had also invalidated the primaries, alleging irregularity.

But the APC National Working Committee led by Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun ignored the appeals committee and validated Mr. Akeredolu’s election.

President Buhari presents APC's Rotimi Akeredolu to Ondo's voters
President Buhari presents APC’s Rotimi Akeredolu to Ondo’s voters

The decision of the NWC created apathy among supporters of Ajayi Boroffice and Olusegun Abraham, top contenders at the primary; while another aspirant, Olusola Oke, left the party for Alliance for Democracy, AD, after the issues were unresolved.

The aggrieved candidates described the choice of Mr. Akeredolu as lacking in transparency and democratic principles.

A national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, who publicly expressed his displeasure over the choice of Mr. Akeredolu, failed to attend an earlier campaign rally and was not also present on Saturday along with his allies, Governors Rauf Aregbesola and Akinwumi Ambode of Osun and Lagos respectively.

Mr. Tinubu and his allies in the south-west are said to be subtly backing Mr. Oke, whose recently revived Alliance for Democracy is gathering a lot of support across the state.

The absence of the aggrieved south-west APC leaders did not, however, deter the attendees at the rally from rallying support for the candidate.

The Chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha, while speaking at the rally, said efforts were made to stop Mr. Akeredolu from emerging as candidate, but that the primary turned out in his favour.

“I want to tell you that we tried to stop Akredolu from emerging as the candidate, but because God’s hand was on him, he emerged,” he said.

“So what God has done, no one can put down.”

The Imo State Governor also called on the people of the state to ensure that Ondo becomes an APC state in order to attract direct developmental impact from the federal government.

While trying to justify the absence of Messrs. Tinubu, Aregbesola and Ambode, the Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Abayomi Adesanya, said it was not possible to have all the 23 APC governors in Akure all at one.

He claimed that Mr. Tinubu and the absentee governors were not opposed to Mr. Akeredolu.

“If we have the President here, we have all the party leaders already,” he said.

“If we have the President, the Vice President, the national leader and all the 23 governors in Akure at once, then we will ground the entire country.

“Nothing will work and the country will be at a standstill if we have everybody here.”

Mr. Adesanya said he was not aware if the absentee leaders wrote or gave any reasons for their absence.

The Chairman of the party, Isaac Kekemeke, on his part, said the party was “united and indivisible.”

He assured that with that unity, the party would deliver the state to APC next week Saturday.

Efforts to get formal reactions from Messrs. Tinubu and Aregbesola were not fruitful as their aides could not be reached on telephone at the time of this report.


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  • Tiwa Adebayo

    Akeredolu we don’t want you in Ondo. Are we learners. Tinubu not in support at all. We civil servant want someone credible. Someone with integrity.

    • Alpha

      Vote Olu Agunloye

      • emmanuel

        So Soyinka go come chop with his boys, after chopping from Amaechi?
        The foolanis have messed Ondo people up big time. The confusion on ground is unimaginable, except if Akeredolu would ignore them after all tribunal and supreme court cases are dispensed.
        It is clear that no one wins Amina Zakari in election again except the Lion – Wike. As long as Amina is available for Akeredolu, Trump will not happen in Ondo and for the first time in their history, external influence (Abuja and Katsina mafia) will demystify their stubborn traits.

        • Taiwo

          You probably don’t know that Prof. Soyinka is not a poor man. Think about the Nobel cash prize, what he makes giving speeches all over the world and royalty from tons of books he wrote.

          • emmanuel

            So how come he ran PR for money show for Amaechi the gangster. Men of honour don’t have anything to do with mafia gangs.
            Na you be im treasurer?

    • Deen Tee

      Someone supported by Tinubu like Aregbesola who has been fighting Osun people religiously, politically and the civil servants financially.

  • Spoken word

    What is premium times fascination with Tinubu.Tinubu is history.lets move on please.

  • ALBERT

    If we have elected and accepted as people to practice multi party democracy, we should learn to accept the results from the ballot box. Aketi won in a transparent and credible primary. The primary was beamed live on all the major networks from the accreditation stage, transportation of delegates to the voting centre, voting, counting and declaration of the results. Aketi might not have been the preferred candidate by the establishment but he won the APC primaries. I don`t think Tinubu is more important than the APC Party. The award of points to teams by NFF board room instead of team winning points in the field of play, saw the demise of the Nigerian local league and empty stadia. APC should stick tenaciously to ballot boxes producing their flag bearers. Those who wish to leave the party are free to do so. AD is a 5th force in Ondo state and Oke`s obsession for power shall die with the AD. AKETI shall win the election convincingly and sent so many god fathers to oblivion. .

    • dr X

      Nailed it!

    • Dele Awogbeoba

      It is on record that Buhari decamped from ANPP to CPC. He also threatened not to abide by the results of the APC primaries in 2015 if he was not convinced of its fairness (which means if Buhari does not win). Buhari has been notorious in never accepting results of elections even when most of the country clearly did not want him as President in 2011, 2007 and 2003. Buhari’s own utterances accounted for the deaths of NYSC workers during the 2011 elections. Buhari is not and never has been an apostle for free and fair elections.

      • Deen Tee

        You got it WRONG. Buhari left ANPP to found his CPC. CPC never existed before Buhari left the party. How come he decamped ANPP to a non-existing party?

      • Höly Wähala

        Quit spreading falsehood, Buhari founded the CPC Party… you are such a despicable cheap liar. Let Tinubu go to Hell with his gang of hangers-on, his folly in disrespecting the President has just cost him his honor within the APC Party. He is finished… notice the presence of Saraki next to Mr. Buhari, and the absence of Atiku? Start singing your nunc dimitis! ODE.

      • taiwo

        Except he founded cpc

    • Alpha

      Day dreaming…

    • aisha ani

      Amen.

  • tony H

    These APC brooms look malnourished. Is APC trying to acknowledge something indirectly here?

    • aisha ani

      Na economic condition make the broom bend!

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Asiwaju deserves more respect in that APC, Tinubu was the engine room of the APC surge to political relevance in Nigeria.

    • Contact Point

      u tot

    • emmanuel

      For setting up the e-rats who took down INEC web site on election morning to enable Jega deliver Buhari?
      When Marilyn Ogah told the World that the APC quartered a team of internet fraudsters to un-work INEC web, Nigerians chided her, but today, Tinubu in getting retributive justice from nature.

  • Contact Point

    Bola Ahmed Tinubu should be told in a very clear language that you can never lead all the time, there will be a time you will follow in order to lead better. For those that want to project him as larger than life entity, Tinubu can never be like Awolowo in Yorubaland even though as an Igbo man, impact of Awolowo is exaggerated. He must be a party man, or we open his little black kettle

  • Taiwo

    At least I can now understand why political alliances had always failed in Nigeria since independence. I’m sure that Tinubu’s experience will be a bitter lesson for the current and future generations. What is happening to the man is not different from the experience of someone who has just been swindled by a 419.

    Simple put, whatever your religious or ideological persuasion, take care of your interest before anyone else’ and never empower other people at your own expense.

  • Nigerian Citizen

    May God help Nigeria to destroy the axis of evil party,so that peace,love,unity and prosperity shall return to Nigeria. With APC ,Nigeria is doomed.

  • ig

    I love Tinubu verymuch but I think he his now over stepping his boundaries too much. JAGABAN dont create problem for yourself.

    • emmanuel

      Tinubu is only trying to promote Buhari for 2019. If he cannot fight his enemy form within, then he has headed for final emasculation.
      The best way to fight dirty within a party is to lay landmines within.
      I am sure Tinubu understand what i mean.
      Although he is paying for his years of greed, avarice and crass selfishness.
      We have not forgotten in a hurry how his wife, daughter, Son in-law and only those he prefers get the slots.
      Unfortunately, even Osinbajo betrayed him by working with Amosun to foist Kemi On Nigeria, thereby side-stepping him. Osinbajo the neophyte also got Enamelmah. What a way to demystify a Jaga Banned politician?

  • persona

    Abeg, did anyone notice that Saraki no wear APC jersey?
    He only put stuff he could discard, look at Buhari and Aketi, you will see they have what party men put on.
    As regards Tinubu, it was expected that he wont show up. He cant oppose the irregularities of the primaries and just as Rochas stated, its clear that Aketi was not the man to be presented but they have settled for him.