Akeredolu talks tough, vows to deal with unsupportive APC senator

Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu [Photo: Today.ng]

The new Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has revealed that some members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State, worked against the party during last November’s governorship election.

He said such disloyal members would not be condoned by his administration.

Mr. Akeredolu made this known at the inauguration dinner organised for him in Akure, the state capital.

He alleged that some chieftains of the APC in the state worked against the party during the last governorship election.

Mr. Akeredolu said such disloyal members, whom he did not name, should go and reapply if they still wanted to be members of the party.

The governor specifically accused a serving senator in the state of working against the APC in the last governorship election.

He berated the senator for going to buy a space in a newspaper to congratulate him after his victory.

Mr. Akeredolu, who did not mention the name of the senator, insisted that those who were involved in anti-party activities could not come through the back door.

“A Senator that won his seat under the platform of APC, chose to openly work for AD during the last governorship election, and later paid for congratulatory advert for me on pages of newspaper,” he said.

“It looks strange to me, this is someone that didn’t even call to congratulate me.

“Tell the senator he is not a member of APC; everyone that involved in anti-party activities can’t come back through the back door, they would have to go back to their various wards to re-apply for APC membership card and apologise openly, they should also do the needful.”

Although the governor did not mention the senator, he is believed to have been referring to Ajayi Borroffice.

Mr. Borroffice, representing Ondo North senatorial district, contested against Mr. Akeredolu at the APC primaries and lost.

He also contested the outcome of the primaries, and had refused to recognise Mr. Akeredolu’s candidature at the early stages of the crisis.

Despite reaching an understanding to sheath his sword, Mr. Borroffice stayed away from Mr. Akeredolu’s campaigns and was believed to have supported the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, Olusola Oke.

The governor however, commended the Deputy Chairman of the APC, Ade Adetimehin, and some other chieftains of the party for their efforts towards ensuring that the APC won the election.

When reached to react to Mr. Akeredolu’s statement, Mr. Borroffice said he would not respond to such statements when his name was not explicitly stated.

“I am a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria, I cannot respond to statements where my name is not clearly stated, I am too big for that,” he said.

Also at a thanksgiving service held at the Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew Anglican Church, Owo on Sunday, Mr. Akeredolu promised not to disappoint the people of the state.

He said he would serve them better and record more success and achievements in the state.

In his sermon, the Archbishop of Ondo Province of Anglican Diocese, George Lasebikan, urged the governor to face his duties squarely and contentiously.

Mr. Lasebikan also appealed to him to take the payment of workers’ salaries as a priority.
“He should pay salaries; many of our people have not been paid, not only in Ondo State but in different parts of Nigeria. It is in East, North and every part of the country,” the bishop said.

“It is not good, a labourer is worthy of his wage and government needs to do something that the public will know that the government is taking care of them otherwise people will not respond to the politicians.

“I know recession has been a bad thing for the nation but there should be a way that workers are paid.”


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  • Sarah

    Akeredolu, you have confirmed that the said Senator took out paid advertisement to congratulate you. That shows he has extended the Olive Branch for Peace.
    You are creating another ‘..El-Rufai vs Shehu Sanni..’ crisis in Yorubaland. We don’t want this distraction.
    Please focus on the welfare of your people. Learn from what is becoming of El-Rufai.

    • musa aliyu

      What has become of elrufai? Apart from Ambode which other governor can boast of working for the people? A beg go lock ur ignorance in ur wardrobe!

      • Mama Kay

        Sorry but which Ambode is working for his people? Ask Lagosians before you comment on their case.

        • musa aliyu

          I live in Lagos and I see the roads he’s constructing, and I know the 4th Mainland bridge will soon kick-off. He constructed over 80 roads in 2016 and lighted-up lagos. More rpads are still under construction. If u don’t know these then U live abroad and not Lagos.

      • Alpachino Roar

        Mallam on deck

  • Mufu Ola

    Akeredolu have already started on wrong footing.Very childish. So what’s wrong if your co contestant feels aggrieved but later change his mind to congratulate u? Picking silly, unnecessary fights should not be his priority now or anytime.You are a gov now for God’s sake.

  • Rote

    Softly, softly Mr. Governor! Victory can only be sweet when you dwell on the fact that you are now ahead/above your competitors. You will have to fight Tinubu if you must fight Borofice!

    • absam777

      He really think he has arrived. He is still a baby politician.

  • adekunle Akindude

    Mr Governor your reaction is childish Now you are our Governor for both PDP/ APC/AD/and all others that contested against you Remember this Senator represents your local government in the senate Embrace everybody and develop the state
    Pay salaries from march onwards and arrange to pay owed salaries for suferring workers of the state I will hold you personally responsible if salaries are not paid in march 2017 and will start a media war with you and all erring /irresponsible Governors all over the country It is madness that civil servants are owed salaries in months

    • emmanuel

      Akeredolu is ready for a showdown and dirty from day one. I wish him good luck. The battles he has to fight are many and he should define the turfs and see how he survives it.
      At present, the Buhari boys who are his strength are not sure of themselves, so he must thread carefully

    • realist

      I agree with you, very childish indeed instead of of being childlike. Children doesn’t have a book where the compile the names of those who offend them. Well, morning means the day Akeredolu is demonstrating what to expect in the next four years. Abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.

    • absam777

      I agree with you, Akeredolu’s reaction is too childish. Let us hope he would not become APC’s answer to Fayose.

  • KAL

    “I am a senator of the federal republic of Nigeria, I cannot respond to statements where my name is not clearly stated, I am too big for that,” he said. Too big indeed! Our politicians are just too fake and empty.

  • Ola

    It sounds to me like most commentators here never ran for an elective office before or experience what you have to go through when members of your own party, that should normally support your election are busy supporting your opponent or once appeared in any of your campaign.

    This is not about brandishing the olive tree, it is about loyalty and in politics , it is most essential commodity.

    Boroffice did not show or give Aketi any support when needed and so the Governor has all the right to label him however he wishes.This is politics folks and nothing personal.

    • Sona Rema

      And Boroffice has the right to “fire” back at Aketi. When you dwell in a glass house, be careful how you throw stones all about. This Aketi should demonstrate he is a man with wisdom.

      • Ola

        Sona Rema, If what I read is right , Boroffice has chosen not to “fire” back at Aketi. There is no glass house here , it is all about politics and loyalty. Welcome to the reality of Nigerian politics.

  • xabnuq

    And as a governor,he is to define the parameter for who is in Apc and who’s not?…people holding executive powers in Nigeria are too unserious..despite open disaproval of trump by his fellow republican,did he ever tried to define who is really a republican?..and must you always support somebody in your party?..Power drunkiness…let him face governance and leave the rest to the party to Sort out.

    • Sam

      Let him start creating enemy for himself. He will be consumed like Mimiko

  • Message66

    Nigerian politicians. U never start, you don dey already plan to fight your fellow politician. They throw governance out the window and start unnecessary trivialities that have nothing to do with helping the populace. Your previous career as a highly regarded lawyer doesn’t come to play anymore, abi? U don become governor = demi god. Apart from Buhari and his team of misguided advisers and ministers, Nigerian governors are the greatest culprits of under development. You are a governor for the state and her people, not for APC.

  • David Adeniran

    This man please take it easy ooo! In politics, there are no permanent enemies but permanent interest. I advise you BE CAREFUL!

  • FEMI A USA

    Ajayi Boroface has the right to support whom ever he wants in life. Further, he may be a friend to Mr. Oke and never forget to lift an helping hands to friends in need. You think that you have arrived and better than anyone else which is a Nigerian mentality. Show your work for four years.