The governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, AD, in the Ondo governorship race, Olusola Oke, has named a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in the state, Bola Ilori, as the Director General of his campaign.
His appointment came as the leadership of the APC vowed to investigate some members of the party on allegations of anti-party activities.
Mr. Ilori is also a loyalist of the national leader of the APC, Ahmed Tinubu, and he is from Ondo town in the central senatorial district.
Media aide to Mr. Oke, Rotimi Ogunleye, told PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday, that Mr. Ilori’s choice was necessary to ensure a smooth campaign and a successful outing in the coming election.
He also said there was the need for “power balance”, noting that since the candidate is from the south and his deputy is from the north, the DG campaign should come from the central.
He disclosed that the campaign strategies were being worked out, and the party would launch out as soon as the structures were ready.
But Mr. Ilori said he was yet to officially accept the offer to become the campaign director of Mr. Oke.
“An offer has been made to me, but I am reaching out to my people and supporters on the matter,” he told PREMIUM TIMES on the phone.
“In a few days I will address the press on it after I have concluded my consultations. I will get back to you.”
Asked if he would not be accused of anti-party activity being an APC member, Mr. Ilori said those alleging anti-party activity were the ones guilty of anti-party conduct.
“Any member of the party that is supporting Akeredolu is carrying out anti-party activity and not those of us who are against him,” he said.
“How can a vote of 6-5 rejecting the candidature of Akeredolu be upturned and he is now the candidate of the party. When has 5 become greater than six?
“As long as they continue to support illegality, they are doing anti-party.”
There were rumours that Mr. Tinubu had decided to bankroll Oke’s campaigns following the crisis rocking the APC over the choice of Rotimi Akeredolu as the party’s governorship candidate.
Other governorship aspirants such as Ajayi Boroffice and Olusegun Abraham were alleged to have collapsed their political structure in support of Mr. Oke, but Mr. Abraham, who came second during the primary, has denied the report.
He said he could not dissolve his structure for a candidate who is not a member of the APC, adding to the fact that he was more popular than Mr. Oke.