By Ayodele Oni, Akure
Things seem to be getting messier and more turbulent for Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo state Governor in his quest to seek reelection for a second time as a tenant at the Alagbaka government house in Akure.
Apart from his deputy, Mr Agboola Ajayi and his supporters that have dumped the All Progressives Congress, (APC,) and joined the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) where he had picked nomination form to contest the governorship of the sunshine state, Akeredolu is equally having sleepless night as the number of his kinsmen that is eyeing the governorship keeps soaring by the day.
Governor Akeredolu is from Owo, in the northern senatorial district of the state, the country home of the late octogenarian politician, Pa Michael Ajasin.
During the first term race, some of the aspirants from Owo were prevailed upon to step down for Akeredolu at the dying minute following intervention by prominent and influential indigenes of the town.
Some of those that were prevailed upon to give a chance have however turned against him accusing him of running a government by the family and for the family, where the wife is the deputy and his son, Chief of Staff.
With the October election drawing close, as at last count, not less than five indigenes of Owo have picked nomination form on the ticket of APC and PDP.
They are, Bode Ayorinde, PDP; Mrs Jumoke Anifowose, Dapo Adelegan and Olayide Adelami, all pursuing their ambition on the platform of APC.
Bode Ayorinde and Mrs Anifowose were among those that stepped down for Akeredolu during the first term.
Akeredolu will still have to contend with other aspirants from his senatorial district and others outside. The APC primary election has been slated for July 20.
The Governor’s foot soldiers are however confident that the primary election will be a walk over for him as his achievements will speak for him. They have equally become more confident with the events at the national level of the party, which has consumed the chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomole.
Stakeholders in the politics of the state are worried about the number of aspirants from Owo, the incumbent governor’s town saying this is a sign that he is not popular at home.