By Dayo Johnson and Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA: Aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress APC in Ondo State under the aegis of Ondo APC Mandate Group have taken their agitation against Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to the national secretariat of the party where they yesterday reported him of promoting the presidential aspiration of Atiku Abubakar of the PDP.
The assertions of the group which protested at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja on Tuesday were immediately dismissed in Akure by loyalists of the governor who described the allegations as “nothing but a wicked lie from the pit of hell.”
The protesters led by Alhaji Ibrahim Sikiru and Comrade Olugbenga Bojuwomi lamented that in spite of making several presentations to the presidency and the APC leadership, no action has been taken against the governor.
“We call on the National Chairman of APC to investigate the activities of the Ondo-State Governor Olurotimi Akeredolu and the party state executive with a view to unveiling their nocturnal activities on behalf of Action Alliance in Ondo-State. Under normal circumstances, we expected the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole not to extend invitation of caucus meeting held yesterday to Gov. Akeredolu since it is established from all indications that the Ondo State Governor is Atiku Abubakar campaign DG in disguise,” they alleged.
The assertions of the group were immediately dismissed in Akure by rival party elders who absolved the governor of all the allegations levelled against him.
Dismissing the allegations at a press conference in Akure, the Ondo State capital, elders loyal to the governor led by the party’s chairman in Akoko North West council area of the state, Tajudeen Kareem distanced themselves from the allegations and described the other faction as attention seekers .
“Governor Akeredolu has always been a loyal member of the APC, he is still loyal and will continue to be loyal.
Kareem who was accompanied by the commissioner for Natural Resources Badmus Rasheed and others party leaders denied that funds were disbursed by the governor to the AA candidates for the election as alleged by the other faction.
“Governor Akeredolu, as the leader of the APC in Ondo State, has always supported President Muhhamadu Buhari and other candidates of the APC at all levels.