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By: Ade Adeleke
Loyalists of the Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu have lambasted some APC National leaders for sponsoring the suspension of the governor by the APC NWC for alleged anti-party activities while some Tinubu’s loyalists have fired back.
Akeredolu, was purportedly slammed with a suspension by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) for alleged anti-party activities during the just concluded February 23, 2019 Presidential and the National Assembly elections.
The party’s NWC had on March 1, 2019 issued a query to the governor over what it described as glaring anti-party activities.
SUNSHINETRUTH recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC lost to the PDP’s Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar while two of the three APC Senators lost their reelection bid and the party only won four out of nine House of Representatives seats from Ondo state.
The governor was said to have worked for the candidates of the Action Alliance (AA) who are mostly his friends and political associates after they lost APC ticket as a result of imposition of candidates by the National leadership of the APC prior the 2019 general election.
A member of the NWC, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, however, confirmed to our correspondent on Friday that the governor had been suspended like his Ogun State counterpart, Ibikunle Amosun, and that of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.
Reacting to the suspension of Akeredolu popularly known as “Aketi”, the Caretaker Chairman of Ilaje local government, Hon Otito Atikase said “Aketi is a principled man who does not play politics with ‘anything goes’. He will not allow anything that is not right to be done. Tinubu and Oshiomole should not rule the party for their expansionist and narrow agenda”.
Atikase who posted on his facebook page, noted that the same party was biased over previous similar offence.
He said, “All I can see is the aftermath of the defeat Tinubu suffered when he sponsored AD against Aketi in 2016. What disciplinary action did the party put in place? Oshiomole on the other hand wanted his candidate to be picked after him in Edo but Aketi supported the man on seat-Obaseki. Adams was very angry so he became Chairman of the party to witch-hunt our Governor”.
“Aketi has put Ondo state on the right path of sustainable development and we can not afford to miss this oppurtunity. Some political predators in Lagos are scared of Aketi’s bold step to unlock our economic potentials which will invariably compete favourably with Lagos in the area of economic prosperity. All I know is that Ondo state people will determine who governs them.The God who brought Aketi to governance is not dead but reigns supreme over them”, He opined.
The Facebook outburst however drew many reactions of other Akeredolu’s loyalists who attacked the APC National leaders of trying to frustrate the second term bid of the governor.
However, a legal practitioner and member of the APC in Ondo state, Mr Tolu Babaleye replied Atikase, saying Tinubu should not be dragged into the alleged governor’s indiscipline.
Babaleye, a strong loyalist of Tinubu, said on the facebook page that, “Apparently replying the
What concerns Tinubu about this suspension? Is Aketi not guilty of Anti Party? When he was singing ha ha ha ha haleluuya all about were you people not encouraging him? I hate pretenders and I know they won’t make heaven”.
He said, “Let him answer the query and explain why he worked for AA in Ondo State to the extent that money meant for APC was hijacked and used to work for AA. Now you are passing the buck and trading name over nothing. Aketi is working no doubt but this is party politics where anti-party is not allowed. The suspension is long over due and it should extend to the (Ondo) State (APC) Chairman”.
Atikase replied Tolu Babaleye, “as a lawyer, where is the place of fair hearing here? When did accusation or hear say become prosecution? As far as I am concerned, there is no evidence that Aketi supported AA in that election. All I know is that Aketi campaigned for Buhari throughout the campaigns. That he worked for AA is unfounded and balderdash. It is a matter of fact that some people somewhere don’t want Aketi to succeed because his success will be an albatross to their personal gain”.
Babaleye did not also stop in replying, “Otito Atikase He was given query to explain his role but he failed to reply the query. Was Buhari the only candidate of APC? Show the World the clip of where he Campaign for Senator Omojuwa and Senator Boroffice or any of the House of Reps candidates. The only two he campaign for are Senator Alasoadura and Hon.Adelegbe. Alasoadura still failed because of anti-party.
Babaleye further explained that, “It goes to your integrity to claim that Aketi did not do anti-party. I have a clip where the State Chairman openly campaigned for AA at Idanre and was singing ha ha ha ha hallelujah and yet the Governor did not reprimand him if he is not involved. As at today, Dr. Abayomi who was the candidate of AA in Ondo North is still the Chairman of Council in AAUA, the Governor did not remove him and yet you are hear defending this and pushing the blame where it does not exist? May God help you”.
Another APC member on facebook Ibidapo Oladipo Nelson tackled Atikase, “Otito Atikase sir, but you knew quite well that that he was querried. Infact i am suprised when you said the governor campaigned for Buhari, no doubt; but will you continue to tell us here that he actually worked for APC? Sir, the party is just showing how disciplined her members should be. Moreso, Involving other personality in this issue will confuse people the more. By and large, I am very sure the Governor also awaits the consequences of his anti-party activities”.
Another loyalists of the governor, Ogunleye Emmanuel Teloye, submitted that, “Will there be APC in (control of) Ondo state government now, if AD supported by those calling the shots APC had won the last gubernatorial election in the state? The probability that PDP will be in power in the state is very high because the then AD candidate will feel more at home in PDP than APC. Let God bring to judgement, those that started anti-party in ONDO APC”.
Ogunleye said the governor will still defeat his enemies again, “the God that made the primary possible for Aketi, is the same God that brought the diabolical plot to use the court to steal the mandate, the people of the state have to Aketi, the same God will put those behind the present plot to shame”.
Reacting to the purported suspension in an interview, the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr Yemi Olowolabi, said, “the matter is an internal affair of the APC, and whatever issues have arisen would also be addressed at the level of the party.
Olowolabi insisted that, “but, contrary to claims that he was suspended for not responding to the query him, it is not true. The governor never got a query from the party. We only read of it in the papers (newspapers) and you cannot respond to such.”