Ondo 2016: Tinubu has endorsed me – Akeredolu

Ondo 2016: Tinubu has endorsed me – Akeredolu
October 31 20:41 2016

The candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, said he and national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, have agreed to ignore the past and work together to deliver the state.

Akeredolu who spoke to State House correspondents after he was presented to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, said Tinubu had accepted the outcome of the primary election and endorsed him as the next governor of the state.

The former president of the Nigerian Bar Association was presented to the President by Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong.

“Since the primaries, you would see that as a leader of the party, he (Tinubu) has not said anything about it. He has accepted the primaries, and we are moving on. So, I don’t have any rift with him at all and we are moving on,” Akeredolu said.

Akeredolu had defeated the supposed candidate of Tinubu, Segun Abraham in governorship primaries conducted in Akure on September 3.

The exercise became controversial when national chairman of the party, John Oyegun, forwarded Akeredolu’s name to the Independent National Electoral Commission despite existing petitions which queried the circumstances of his emergence.

Tinubu, in an open letter, had called for Oyegun’s resignation, accusing him of collecting money to endorse the primary election and ignoring a  supposed party decision to cancel the exercise.