Peace seems to have been achieved between the duo of the All Progressives Congress National leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
The two who have been engaged in a long standing feud over the control of Ondo State since the 2012 governorship elections in the state appear to have finally settled their differences and are now on a reconciliatory path.
The political differences between former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, and the governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akredolu, appears to be coming to an end following a peace meeting between the duo in Abuja on Sunday.
Both politicians travelled parallel paths after the 2012 governorship election in the state when Mr Akeredolu was the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). He lost the election to the Labour Party’s Olusegun Mimiko.
The bitterness became pronounced during the struggle for the APC ticket for the 2016 governorship election. Mr Tinubu, a national leader of the party, handpicked Segun Abraham, who won the ticket against the interest of Mr Akeredolu.
When Mr Akeredolu eventually defeated Mr Abraham and Olusola Oke to become the APC flagbearer, Mr Tinubu reportedly sponsored Mr Oke on the platform of Alliance for Democracy for the election proper.
Mr Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, still triumphed at the polls to the irritation of Mr Tinubu and his associates in Ondo State.
Mr Tinubu however, had his pound of flesh in the build up to the 2019 general elections, when he ensured, with the backing of the APC NWC that Mr Akeredolu was denied the privilege of having his men fielded for the National Assembly and state Houses of Assembly elections.
The development resulted in what is now tagged “anti party activities,” where the governor had tacitly supported some of his favorites to contest the elections on the platform of the Action Alliance, (AA).
The said peace meeting between Messrs Akeredolu and Tinubu is coming a week after the rumoured suspension of the governor by the NWC for his role in the last general election which allegedly cost the APC the presidential election in the state.
It was reliably gathered that besides the meeting in Abuja, a series of meetings have been planned for Ondo State to further douse all tension.
Although a close aide to the governor, who spoke in confidence with PREMIUM TIMES on the matter, made efforts to dissociate the recent peace moves from the governor’s reelection ambition come 2020, feelers indicate that the rapprochement has become essential to the race.
The Tinubu group led by a former deputy governor, Ali Olanusi, and supported by Isaac Kekemeke, who was the former state chairman of the party, had called on the NWC to ensure that Mr Akeredolu was denied the party’s ticket for a second term for his alleged “anti party activities” during the last general elections.
Source: Signature TV
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