Ondo guber polls: APC yet to settle for Akeredolu, Considers neutral candidate
The last may not have been heard about the last gubernatorial primaries of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State.
There are indications that last minute effort is being made by the leadership of the party to nullify the emergence of Olurotimi Akerele, SAN, as the party’s candidate for the October guber election, on account that he is not the party leadership’s favourite.
The fallout of this is that the party leaders in the south-west are looking into options to dousing the tension to ensure success in the coming election.
Sources in the party disclosed that one of the options being given serious consideration by the leaders is the possibility of adopting a consensus arrangement in selecting a candidate that will be acceptable to the majority of the gladiators in the contest for the party’s ticket.
The latest move, according to sources, became inevitable to douse the escalating tensions generated by the disputed primary election.
A source, who is one of the party leaders in the state, disclosed that the party had concluded that the only way to ensure an amicable resolution of the crises is to settle for a candidate without any known affiliation to any of the gladiators or a godfather in the party.
It will be recalled that the crises followed the purported endorsement of one of the aspirants by the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. The development, subsequently, led to postponement of the primary election.
Several meetings were also held between the national leadership of the party and the aspirants during which repeated assurances were given of a free, fair and transparent primary election.
However, the rejection of the outcome of the September 3 primary election by majority of the contestants has again thrown up a major challenge to the party’s bid to wrest power from the PDP-controlled government in the state.
The source further disclosed: “The party leaders have, therefore, resolved to do whatever it takes to ensure peace and unity amongst party faithful ahead of the November 26 governorship election in the state.
“The crises rocking our party seem to have left the south west leadership with no other option than to consider a consensus alternative, with a view to selecting a candidate outside the major gladiators.
“The general belief is that the reconciliation of the party loyalists may be very difficult if any of the top gladiators is fielded, going by the short period left before the election.”
It will be recalled that Owo youths filed out recently to the palace of the Olowo, the traditional monarch of Owo, Ondo State, the homestead of Akeredolu, pleading with the king to reach out to Asiwaju Tinubu, so that the candidature of their kinsman be endorsed.
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