Why I did not mention Tinubu during my victory speech (Ondo Governor elect)Rotimi Akeredolu - Mymusikok


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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Why I did not mention Tinubu during my victory speech (Ondo Governor elect)Rotimi Akeredolu

Rotimi Akeredolu

Mr. Akeredolu gave his explanation for not
acknowledging Tinubu in his speech, following a
thank-you visit to President Muhammadu Buhari in
the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Earlier in the day he
had received his Certificate of Return in Akure.
Speaking to State House correspondents after a
closed-door meeting with Buhari, Akeredolu
explained that all the leaders of the APC, including
Tinubu were generically acknowledged in his victory
He stated that it was pointless mentioning their
names specifically.
Akeredolu had praised Buhari and national chairman
of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun in his victory
speech last Sunday.
The development had elicited reactions, giving the
impression of a deepening rift between him and
Tinubu who allegedly laboured in futility to replace
his candidacy with his godson.
Akeredolu, flanked by deputy governor-elect,
Agboola Ajayi, governorship national campaign
committee, Governor Simon Lalong and the Minister
of State for Niger Delta, Claudius Daramola
explained that all party leaders were acknowledged
in his speech.
He said: “I thanked the President of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria and the leader of our party
profusely for the leadership which they showed and
which led to this victory. I also thank our
indefatigable chairman for standing by the truth and
for his position on this matter that led to this
victory. I have no reason to do otherwise.
“You see, party structure, to the best of my
knowledge is very clear. You have the leadership of
the party, and that is represented by Chief John
Odigie-Oyegun. After the election, a chief executive
emerges, he becomes a leader of the party. You
don’t have to personalize and be looking for leaders
all over the place. If we have to do that, then I will
have to mention 36 or 37 leaders.
“So, I believe the leadership as represented by the
President covers all leaders and that tells me it
would include Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It would
include even Baba Akande, (Ogbonnaya) Onu, so
many leaders. But President Buhari is the leader of
the party. So, that is my position there”.
On his relationship with Tinubu, he said:
“The relationship with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
has always been the same. I don’t think we have
any strained relationship. For me as a person, I
believe he is one of the leaders of the party and I
don’t see any strained relationship between us. And
you will observe that he has sent in his
congratulatory message after the election, so what
else do you expect?
Asked whether he would probe the Olusegun
Mimiko administration, the governor-elect said it
was not necessary.
“The task ahead of us is enormous for us to start
instituting probes. My own is not to institute any
probe, and that is what President Buhari has done.
But if we find out that wrongs were committed we
have enough laws of the land to take care of people
who have committed wrongs.
‘ Ekiti, our next target’
Before meeting the President, Akeredolu and his
entourage had been to the national secretariat of the
APC where he affirmed that the APC roller-coaster
was on its way to uproot the Peoples Democratic
Party, PDP leadership in neighbouring Ekiti State
He also pledged his unalloyed loyalty to Odigie-
Oyegun as national chairman, assuring that he would
always abide by his instructions.
“I owe you, my national chairman, a lot. You have
done well. I remember during my campaign that
immediately we won in Edo; you said we will move
en masse to win Ondo. I want to assure you that
people are already rooting for us in Ekiti and I want
to assure you that we will win Ekiti,” he said.
In his response, Chief Odigie-Oyegun tasked the
governor-elect on the immediate payment of
worker’s salaries as soon as he takes over.
“People who work, deserve their pay and I hope that
would be your priority”, he stressed.
On the controversial primary that led to Akeredolu’s
emergence, Odigie-Oyegun declared that “the entire
process that led to him being our candidate
happened before the cameras. He was able to
convince the APC that he was the right candidate
for the people of Ondo state”.
APC fooling itself, says Fayose
The boast of the APC taking over Ekiti was
immediately rubbished by Governor Ayodele Fayose
who vowed to win the APC again in all 16 local
government areas of the state as he did in 2014.
“APC will be fooling itself if it thinks it will conquer
Ekiti like it did in Ondo. Ekiti is a peculiar place,
and I am the man on ground here. I want to assure
my supporters and Nigerians that APC won’t win a
local government here in 2018, even if President
Muhammadu Buhari moves down all the money in
FG’s TSA,” the governor said yesterday during a
meeting with junior workers in the state’s civil
“Governor Olusegun Mimiko and Eyitayo Jegede
may have lost in Ondo State, but that does not
mean the people voted rightly. In 2015, people
clamoured for change, and what have we got now?
Nigerians are becoming poorer than ever.
“Today, I am the only one (PDP) among the APC
governors in the South-West. I am now like the
nation of Israel surrounded by enemies, but I shall
defeat and triumph over them. APC has never
defeated me in any battle, either political or legal.
“Whether they like it or not, I will win in Ekiti no
matter the animosity, because I have the people
behind me,” Fayose declared.
At another forum earlier in the day, the governor
noted that he could use the platform of another
political party to achieve his succession plans if it
would help stave off the legal burdens now
weighing the PDP.
Fayose, who dropped the hint in Ikere Ekiti while
meeting members of the Suppliers’ Association of
Nigeria, Ikere chapter, said; “I don’t know the
platform I will use for the 2018 election yet, but at
the appropriate time, I will tell you.”

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