By Ayodele Oni, Akure
Since he was declared winner of the primary election of All Progressives Congress(APC) in Ondo state in 2015 and his subsequent election as governor, he has been galloping from one crisis to the other which has greatly affected the fortune of the party even during the last general election.
Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s(SAN) has indeed found himself in an unfamiliar terrain, aside his law profession where he has showered and towered. His foray into the political terrain has really thought him a lesson and added to his life experience.
Governor Akeredolu, who rode on the back of the powerful Abuja mafia and dared the Bordillion power block headed by the APC national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is by now realizing, that governance is not by the chains of degrees or educational attainment.
He is still currently battling with the crisis orchestrated by the removal of the party executive he inherited at the state level led by Mr Isaacs Kekemeke and the endless critics by the opposition People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) that is doing everything possible to send Akeredolu packing from Alagbaka government house.
The results of the last election in the state clearly indicated that things had greatly turned sour within the rank and file of the ruling APC in Ondo state. The party only won only one out of three senate seat and five out of the nine seats in the House of Representatives. The situation would have been worse in the House of Assembly election if not for the conscription of former Governor Olusegun Mimiko into the arrangement to make the ruling party get convenient majority in the sunshine assembly and it worked.
Now that scheming for another governorship election is unfolding in the state, as the tenure of the present administration will terminate next year, there are indications that Governor Akredolu may not find it easy to secure a second term ticket. He will need to resolve issues with party leaders like Prof Ajayi Borofice, former deputy governor, Alhaji Alli Olanusi and others in his quest for a second term ticket.
Even with the ticket, the senior advocate turned politician will still have sleepless night with the opposition PDP which won two senate seats and three House of Representatives seats during the last election as the party is working round the clock to get back Ondo state.
Governor Akeredolu is however leaving no stone unturn with his administration embarking on infrastructural development of the state as well as regular payment of workers salary. He has succeeded in clearing the seven months owed by the previous administration after the workers union threatened the APC led administration with strike.
Just this week, the Governor hosted some leaders of APC in Akure as part of his efforts to get a comfortable second term ticket of the party. The team, led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, held a closed door meeting with all stakeholders and perceived aggrieved party members, all with a view to ensure that the party does not go to next year’s governorship election with a divided house.
Although insights from the meeting disclosed that the issue of Governor Akeredolu second term was not discussed, the leader of the team however canvassed for a second term ticket for the governor after the meeting. Ends