By DAYO JOHNSON
AKURE – INDICATIONS emerged, yesterday, that the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, may have picked the former Nigerian Bar Association, President, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, as its governorship candidate for the October 20 election in Ondo State.
This came as an in-law to the immediate past governor, Dr. Olusegun Agagu and former Okitipupa Local Government chairman, Mr. Segun Ayerin and hundreds of the party’s supporters have defected to the ruling Labour Party, LP.
Sources within ACN said the leaders of the party met in Lagos, yesterday, and finally picked Akeredolu as the party’s flagbearer.
Another source said the choice of Akeredolu has been communicated to other 30 aspirants jostling for the ticket.
It was learnt that the aspirants were from five shortlisted to three before the leaders finally agreed on Akeredolu.
The three shortlisted include Akeredolu, Segun Abraham and Saka Lawal while Dr. Olu Agunloye and Professor Ajayi Boroffice were dropped by the leaders.
Vanguard learnt that the choice of Akeredolu irked two of the aspirants, who immediately after leaving the meeting, initiated plans to join other political parties to contest for the governorship positions.
This,according to sources, was after their suggestion that instead of imposition of Akeredolu, a primary should be conducted for the most popular candidate to emerge, was rejected by the leaders. The leaders, it was gathered, insisted that the seat should be zoned to the Northern part of the state.