CPC accuses Mr. Bakare of trying to botch the party’s chances of winning the Ondo governorship elections.
The former Vice Presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, Tunde Bakare, came under attack from his party, Wednesday, for publicly predicting an opposition win victory in the forthcoming Ondo State governorship win.
In his forecast of the outcome of the October 20 polls, the Save Nigeria Group convener, on Monday, made clear his support for incumbent governor and candidate of the Labour Party, Olusegun Mimiko, and foretold a future of economic boom for the state. He predicted a “landslide” win for Mr. Mimiko, in an election being contested by the CPC.
The remarks have sparked scathing rebukes from the state chapter of his party.
Speaking on behalf of the party, the Ondo CPC candidate, Soji Ehinlanwo, said Mr. Bakare’s opinion contradicted the views of the majority of the people of the state and particularly CPC members.
In a statement signed by the Director- General of Mr. Ehinlawo’s campaign organisation, Yomi Adetimehin, the party said the endorsement of Mr. Bakare reflected a detachment from the realities in Ondo.
The party accused Mr. Bakare, a pastor, of defying the party’s position in Ondo State and at the national level, a development which, according to them, undermined its alliance plans for 2015.
It also accused the cleric of scuttling a similar effort in the build up to the 2011 general elections.
“We believe that such counter–productive disposition can make discerning observers to impute motives other than noble,” the party said in the statement.
“We are inclined to also wonder whether the endorsement given by the pastor, takes into accounts that many in Ondo State are embarrassed by the recklessness that has now come to be associated with OSOPADEC and which is even a subject of investigation by the EFCC.”
OSOPADEC is the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission.
The CPC accused the incumbent governor of embarking on a borrowing spree and wasting a purported N61 billion that accrued to the commission in the last three and a half years.
“No one conversant with the mandate areas of this commission could say he has seen any evidence of even one billion naira spent in the specified areas,” it said.