By: Ade Adeleke
A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in the forthcoming October 10 election in Ondo state, Prof Dayo Faduyile at the weekend declared that the feud between Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and his Deputy, Hon Agboola Ajayi is an unusual political development, but insisted that the people of the state will reject both of them in the coming polls.
Faduyile allayed the fear that the face off of Akeredolu and Agboola might lead to the repeat of 1983 post election violence orchestrated by the then governor, Adekunle Ajasin and his deputy, Chief Akin Omoboriowo.
The Aspirant who is also the immediate past National President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), stated this while speaking with journalists in Akure.
Fadiyule said this was not the first time governors and their deputies would have crises since 1999 till date, citing “Mimiko and Baba Olanusi, Bisi Akande and Omisore in Osun, we had in Lagos and many like that, so Akeredolu and Agboola will not be the first or the last.
“The two of them (Akeredolu and Agboola) will lose out in this year’s (governorship) race, they have not done well.”
He also said that direct mode of primary will be the best mode of primaries to elect the party’s standard-bearer.
Prof. Faduyile who stated that going by the body language of all the aspirants seeking to clinch the party’s ticket, he said that he believed that the direct mode of primary will allow for a level playing ground.
While emphasizing that the incumbent governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had yet to give a dissenting voice to the direct mode primary, the Professor of Pathology stressed that with a factionalized party in the state, the cries of the majority should be listened to by the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
He said, “I have not seen any aspirant who has come out openly and say that he doesn’t want direct even the incumbent has said that he will defeat anybody if it is direct or indirect. If he wants direct let us go for direct. I will say all aspirants in Ondo State are comfortable with direct mode of primary.
“I think the NWC has agreed that it should be by direct and if that is the case we are very happy with it and I will want to encourage them to let us go and test our popularity.
“I’ll abide by the decision made by the NWC of our party which is the organ saddled to decide. But looking at the previous primaries as in the last five primaries. Coming from Edo State, it’s direct, Imo State was direct, Bayelsa was direct, Osun and Lagos were direct.
“What I’m sure about is that we have two state exco. The state has two parallel exco.”
However, Prof. Faduyile alleged that there are moves to induce party leaders and prospective voters finally in a bid for the incumbent to ensure his re-election.
“We have heard that the governor has been boosting all around that he has N3billion to get the populace to tow his line. We are also aware of some humongous amount that was ferried to the Abuja where he was trying to get some people to support his ambition. I must say the Ondo State people are wiser and within the APC are wiser and resolute not to allow those funds to buy them.”
While expressing concern over the state of governance in the state, Prof. Faduyile said that virtually all the sectors are gasping for breath which must be rescued by someone with capabilities.
“We have gone to places that naturally should take about 30 minutes and we have to wriggle ourselves out maybe in 45 minutes and sometimes as much as an hour and I really feel sorry for citizens of the state.
“Another issue is the large number of our youths that have been disenchanted. You see a lot of our teeming youths who have been largely unemployed and have lost confidence in themselves.
“Many specialist hospitals are not fit to be called one as they lack the necessary equipment. Many of them do not have incubators and they do not have the number of the needed regular staff compliments. It not surprising because in the last five years we have not had any major employment of doctors, nurses and other health workers and this has made healthcare delivery in Ondo State at the background.”