By Dayo Johnson
THE emergence of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, as governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ondo State has polarised the party both at the state and national levels.
The decision of the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun to overrule other members of the National Working Committee, NWC, has drawn the ire of National Leader of the party Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who called for the resignation of the former over alleged mishandling of the state governorship primaries.
Tinubu’s interest over who picks the party’s ticket in Ondo State had clashed with that of Oyegun, who is alleged to be acting out the script of some interests in the Presidency. At the state level, members of the state working committee, few of the aspirants and the candidate, Mr Akeredolu are at daggers drawn.
The embattled state chairman, Isaac Kekemeke, has gone underground since the emergence of Akeredolu following the frosty relationship between them before the controversial governorship primaries. Activities in the party secretariat are at their lowest ebb as the party members seem confused on the fate of the party.
The initial delay in the pronouncement by the NWC on the report of the Appeal committee worsened the situation.
Its final decision to throw out the recommendation for fresh primaries by the Appeal Committee and force Akeredolu “down the throat” of the other aspirants is causing greater havoc that may spell doom for the party in the coming election.
Personal interests of the losers in the governorship primaries have further widened the crack in the party.
For instance, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, who had severally attacked Mr Olusola Oke before he joined the APC, has bent over backward to join forces with him (Oke) to fight the leadership of the party especially Oyegun.
This is because Boroffice’s governorship interest had been jeopardized with the “imposition” of Akeredolu.
Also, Abraham, who was castigated by Boroffice and Akeredolu because he is Tinubu’s preferred aspirant, has humbled himself and looked the other way by joining his former “enemies” to condemn Oyegun for his undemocratic position.
Things fall apart
Things are gradually falling apart within the party.
It is not an understatement that this is not the best of times for the party which is desirous to take over the reins of power from governor Olusegun Mimiko.
The party, has not known peace in the last two months as it swims from one crisis to the other with no sign that it will survive the tempest.
The former national President of the Nigeria Bar Association NBA. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN emerged in the primaries which was termed a sham by four other frontline aspirants, who contested in the primaries.
Akeredolu won with 34 votes to trash Dr Olusegun Abraham the favoured aspirant of the national leader of the party Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.