Olusola Oke may drop 2020 Ondo Guber Ambition for NDDC MD

By: Ade Adeleke

There are indications that the Southwest Coordinator of the 2019 Buhari/Osinbajo Campaign Organization, Chief Olusola Oke may shelve his 2020 governorship ambition in Ondo state to enable him land the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) that appears to have set on a collision course three bigwigs in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to have their nominees clinch the top job.

SUNSHINETRUTH also gathered that while Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is said to be making “a strong case” that the NDDC MD slot should be conceded for the first time to the South-West and Ondo State precisely, Adams Oshiomhole is rooting for a candidate from Edo State who is a former member of the House of Representatives, Samson Osagie and Rotimi Amaechi, who was said to have largely influenced the membership of the immediate past NDDC board, is said to be pushing for the confirmation of the current acting Managing Director, Professor Nelson Brambaifa, whose appointment in acting capacity he was said to have influenced.

Oke, who served as the South-West coordinator of the 2019 APC presidential campaign was said to have secured Tinubu’s support and backing for the NDDC job only after he was told to shelve his 2020 governorship aspiration.

The power play is coming in the heels of feelers that President Muhammadu Buhari might be contemplating a reconstitution of the board of the interventionist agency which was dissolved about five months ago.

A source said, “So much intrigues have come into play and this time around, it’s survival of the fittest from all indications because the case of Ondo which is being pushed by a prominent leader of the party looks very strong and it cannot be ignored at all.”

“What is most disturbing was the idea that anyone who occupies the position of NDDC MD thinks it is a springboard for the governorship of his state. We are trying to discourage that notion because it does not give room for the NDDC to be focused on its vision for the people of the Niger Delta region,” the source said.

“Therefore, if Chief Oke is to get the job, he will forget his governorship ambition for next year because NDDC needs a leader that will focus on the job.”

However, Chief Olusola Oke is yet to react to the insinuation that he may drop his governorship ambition.

“So much intrigues have come into play and this time around, it’s survival of the fittest from all indications because the case of Ondo which is being pushed by a prominent leader of the party looks very strong and it cannot be ignored at all.

“If Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa have all had the MD position twice, it then means that Ondo which is the fifth in production quota should be given a chance to produce the next MD of NDDC.”

“Yes, Edo has good case too but since Ondo is higher in production quota than Edo, I strongly believe that our national chairman can show understanding for the Sunshine state to take this turn for Edo to follow next.”

Unconfirmed report however indicated that the Ondo state deputy governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi is also interested in the NDDC MD job.

It was however unclear if the Ondo deputy governor has the backing of his boss Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, while Oke is enjoying the support of Tinubu.

It was gathered that the move by the deputy governor of Ondo State to gun for the position might not be unconnected with his desire not to run for a second term alongside Akeredolu.

He is also said to be making secret consultations with associates ahead of the governorship election in the state as a result of crisis of confidence between him and his boss.

The Deputy governor is yet to react to this speculation as well as at the time of filing this report.

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