The All Progressives Congress candidate for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, says the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, has accepted the outcome of the primaries that saw him emerge as winner.
Akeredolu said this yesterday after he was formally presented to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Mr. Akeredolu on September 3 braved the odds to emerge winner at the controversial governorship primaries conducted by the APC in Akure, defeating Segun Abraham, the rumored anointed candidate of Mr. Tinubu.
The APC flag bearer, who was presented to Buhari by Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, also said that he had no rift with Tinubu.
He further said that Tinubu’s silence over the conduct of the APC primaries signified acceptance of the exercise.
“I don’t have any rift with him (Tinubu)”, Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and former President of the Nigerian Bar Assocation (NBA), told State House correspondents.
“Since the primaries you would see that as leaders of the party, he 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”, the APC flag bearer emphasized.
He alleged that Governor Olusegun Mimiko encouraged lawlessness in the guise of the recent violent protest that trailed the replacement by the Independent National Electoral Commission of Eyitayo Jegede with Jimoh Ibrahim as the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He said: “We’re calling on the security apparatus of the state to be up and doing so that they don’t allow miscreants to take over because, for instance, as a governor, you encourage lawlessness for people in the guise of protest because what the PDP has is a problem within the party.
“That should not lead to demonstration outside and you know that people aren’t demonstrating for any reason, but because they’ve been more or less paid to come and do it. Nobody can control the end of such demonstration. So, it’s not that we are afraid, but we fear for the life and property of the people of Ondo State”.
On facing Ibrahim and Jegede, the former NBA president said he would have been happier facing both of them together.
“I can assure you I would have been happier facing both of them together. If Eyitayo Jegede was chosen as candidate and Ibrahim as his deputy, I will still win”, the APC candidate boasted.
“Infact, Jegede happens to be a friend, Ibrahim too. Jimoh Ibrahim went to Ife, so, we have known ourselves for long”.
Mr. Akeredolu expressed confidence in emerging victorious at the forthcoming gubernatorial polls, saying “we know that we are going to win this election and I have no doubt”.