Blistering crisis has again on Sunday evening, erupted in the Ondo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, over the emergence of Honourable Agboola Ajayi, as the running mate to Rotimi Akeredolu.
This fresh crisis came as the dust raised over the candidacy of Akeredolu, in the November 26 Ondo State Gubernatorial poll, is yet to settle.
Recall, that Akeredolu who allegedly had the backing of President Muhammadu Buhari, defeated Segun Abraham, the preferred candidate of the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu.
However, the outcome of the primary was rejected by Abraham and Tinubu, which was later overruled by the APC National Chairman, John Oyegun.
On the choice of the Deputy, some leaders of the APC in Ondo, including Honourable Bola Ilori, and Chief Samuel Ikujuminu, on Sunday, said the choice of Ajayi as the Deputy Governorship candidate, would spell doom for the party, if the leadership of the party fails to substitute his name before the October 12 deadline, allowed by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Ilori, who has never hidden his displeasure over the emergence of Akeredolu, said on his Facebook page: “Even when the NWC just upheld the fraudulent primary that produced Aketi (Akeredolu), the nexus of fraud in the party is trying to perpetrate another fraud, to enforce the initial fraud.
“And while we are still on the fraudulent primary, through fake delegates and delegates’ list padding that produced Akeredolu as the candidate, another fraud is also being foisted on the party as the Deputy Governor.
“Why do these people hate Ondo State APC this much? Why would they cut their noses to spite their faces, just because of hatred for TINUBU? Why must they be jumping from one fraud to another?
“From delegates’ list padding, to NWC decision padding, to now certificate padding, loan padding.”
Elsewhere, another party Chieftain in the State, Chief Ikujuminu, in a statement, also said Ajayi should not be allowed to remain the Deputy Governorship candidate of the APC, because he is from Kiribo, in Eseodo Local Government, the same town and council area of Akeredolu’s mother.
Ikujuminu, said it would lead to another crisis, if “two brothers” are allowed to be the Governorship and Deputy Governorship candidates of the APC.
In the statement titled: “Support Ileoluji/Okeigbo/Odigbo for APC Deputy Governorship Position”, Ikujuminu said justice, fairness, and equity, demanded that the zone should be given the slot.
To enhance the chances of Akeredolu winning the November gubernatorial election, Ikujuminu insisted that Ileoluji/Okeigbo/Odigbo Federal Constituency in Ondo South Senatorial District, should produce his running mate.
Justifying his position, Ikujuminu, a septuagenarian, said Ileoluji/Okeigbo/Odigbo has the highest number of registered voters in Ondo South, with 184,233; followed by Okitipupa/Irele, with 156,275; while Ilaje/Ese-odo has 171,490 voters.
Ikujuminu further noted, that in Ondo State as a whole, the Federal Constituency ranks third in the State, in terms of registered voters. He said, Akure South/North, boasts of 302,888 voters; while Ondo West/East, has 188,307.
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