By Dayo Johnson Akure
DAZED by the poor performance of the All Progressives Congress, APC in last Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections in Ondo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu yesterday summoned an emergency meeting of political office holders and other party stakeholders across the state.
Yesterday’s meeting was held at the Government House and lasted several hours.
The outcome of last Saturday election according to findings unsettled the governor, members of his cabinet, the party and other party stakeholders in the state.
He was alleged to have threatened to sack political appointees who failed to deliver their constituencies in the March 9 House of Assembly election in the state.
But in a swift reaction the information and Orientation commissioner Yemi Olowolabi denied the threat to sack political officer holders by the governor.
Olowolabi told Vanguard that the governor at the meeting encouraged and charged them to work harder in the March 9 election.
According to him the governor was said to have been peeved that the party did better as an opposition party and wondered “what has now happened to the party, we have all gone to sleep.
The governor’s meeting with the stakeholders is coming ahead of the March 9 House of Assembly election which many party leaders are apprehensive may nailed the coffin of the party in the state.
The Presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress Muhammadu Buhari was defeated by the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Atiku Abubakar by 34, 132 votes.
Also, the APC won four seats in the House of Representatives election while the PDP won in three, the African Democratic Party ADP won one and one remained inconclusive.
Reliable sources told Vanguard that the government asked the party leaders to go back to their constituencies and ensure that they deliver their candidates.
Akeredolu was said to have expressed concern over the poor performance of the party which led to the party losing the state to the opposition in the presidential election and conceding three seats also in the National assembly election.
He was, however, said to have remained adamant and unapologetic about the option AA adopted in the last election which invariably spelt doom for the party.
Meanwhile, Vanguard gathered that party leaders are spoiling for war with the governor who they blamed for the party’s defeat.
They reportedly are bent on ensuring that the party fail to control the majority seats in the state assembly election.
A party leader who spoke with Vanguard in confidence said “ the governor caused the party defeat by the option AA in the national assembly election. Some of us are also ready to engage in anti party activities on March 9.
”His action had caused the defeat of President Buhari in the state. We will also ensure that he fails to control the majority in the 9th state assembly on March 9.”
“We are set for him because only a selfish and wicked man could starve the elections of the president and even his imposed candidates of funds and then turn around to expect the party to support his puppet assembly.
“I can bet you, we are going to mobilise for the PDP candidates because of it was good for the trio of the governor, his deputy and the State chairman to engage in anti party, we will rehearse same on the 9th of March.”