By Dayo Johnson
ONE of the governorship aspirants in the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, Dr Tunji Abayomi, has lashed out at the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for calling on the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun to resign over the choice of Akeredolu.
Abayomi said: “Tinubu was wrong to have asked the national chairman to resign because the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party upheld the result of the primary of the party held on September 3, 2016 in Akure.
“For calling for the resignation of the chairman, I think Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is very wrong because he is not a member of the NWC and he cannot speak for the NWC. He did not participate in the entire process and whatever information he has must have been given to him by his agents. We heard it that there was no vote casting among the NWC members before they took the decision over the matter contrary to his allegation in his letter to the chairman, and also the position of the party was that there was no vote casting, I expect Asiwaju as a leader of the party to give credit to the vital opinions on the primary.”
“I am personally disappointed that Asiwaju would be determined in his action, that a primary that he promised would be free from undue influence, should be voided by all means, I think he was wrong”, he added.
He declared that “with or without Tinubu’s support the party would still win the forthcoming governorship election in the state it is the people of the state that would decide the election.”
“What is important is the support of the people of Ondo State, though we want his (Tinubu) support for Akeredolu for the election but we can not force him, if he refuses to support us, that can not stop us from moving on. We still have the respect for him but we can not force him to do right, we can only appeal to him to do right but the choice to do or not to do is entirely his prerogative”, Abayomi stated.