By: Ade Adeleke
Political intrigues on Ondo state ahead of the October 10, 2020 governorship election has continued to take different dimensions, as the Secretary to the state Government, (SSG), Hon Ifedayo Abegunde today boycotted a gathering organised to present cheque of #22.5million to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to obtain the APC Expression Of Interest and Nomination form.
Some political groups and 19 out of the 26 members of the state House of Assembly had raised #35million for reelection project of the governor, out of the total sum, #22.5million was given to him to purchase the form.
The political groups included; Ibi Giga Ambassadors, Aketi Mandate Group, Women in politics group as well as the 19 state lawmakers.
The ceremony attended by all Akeredolu’s cabinet members except Abegunde popularly known as Abena who was not at the forum.
SUNSHINETRUTH learnt that the SSG had been in cold war with the governor over alleged irreconcilable political differences.
The Governor’s Special Adviser on political affairs and strategies, Rt Hon Victor Olabimtan, who anchored today’s programme did not give any reason for the absence of Abegunde at the important Political gathering.
Addressing the gathering, Governor Akeredolu who expressed confidence that he would win any mode of primaries adopted for Ondo state July 20 APC primary, vowed to mobilise people to reelect him based on his administration’s performance.
Akeredolu urged his supporters under various groups to prepare for any mode of primaries, either Direct or Indirect primaries and work for him to pick the sole governorship ticket of the APC.
Akeredolu appreciated the donors of the fund for their generosity particular for securing him the costly governorship form despite the current global economic hardship
The governor who attributed his emergence as governor to the grace of God, urged the groups to continue to support his giant strides with a view to turning the State around.
According to Olabimtan, the governor needs to be encouraged to continue his good jobs and developmental projects he started three and half years ago.
Presenting the check to governor Akeredolu, three stalwarts of the political groups, Lucky Ayedatiwa, Chief Alex Ajipe and Princess Oladunni Odu encouraged governor Akeredolu to remain focused in the development of the state.
Also speaking on behalf of the groups, the Convener of Ibi Giga Ambassadors, Chief Alex Ajipe and the leader of Aketi Mandate Group, Hon Saka Ogunleye, expressed happiness that opposition had not accused Akeredolu of nonperformance, but enemies only found joy in blackmailing which usually happened during electioneering period.
Ajipe said some of the projects of Akeredolu’s administration including Ondo-Linyi Industrial Hub, Ore as well as Ore Flyover, would not be forgotten by many generations yet unborn.