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Tinubu not more than state level APC leader says Akeredolu

01 December 2016, 10:04

Ondo - The Ondo State governor-elect, on Wednesday at the State House, suggested former Lagos Governor Bola Tinubu is not more than a state level leader of the All Progressives Congress, Premium Times reports.

Akeredolu said, mentioning Tinubu in his victory speech, after he specially acknowledged President Muhammadu Buhari and party chairman John Odigie-Oyegun could have necessitated inclusion of “36 or 37” leaders – referring to the 36 States of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

Akeredolu, accompanied by the deputy governor-elect, Agboola Ajayi, after meeting with Buhari, explained why he didn’t mention Tinubu in his victory speech.

In his victory speech after he was declared winner of the election on Sunday, Akeredolu “profusely” thanked Buhari; Oyegun, the “indefatigable and principled Chairman”; and “loyal” governors and ministers – subtly hitting at South West APC leaders, including Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State and his Lagos counterpart, Akinwumi Ambode, who had abandoned him during campaign, allegedly supporting Olusola Oke of Alliance for Democracy instead.

Although Tinubu and Ambode have extended congratulations to Akeredolu, it is apparent, with his subtle denigration on Wednesday, the governor-elect is still angry he was not supported by the former Lagos Governor.

The Independent National Electoral Commission declared Akeredolu the governor-elect in the Ondo State gubernatorial election.

INEC returning officer in the state, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali on Sunday declared Akeredolu the winner following the Saturday election.

Akeredolu beat major contestants Olushola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy and PDP’s Eyitayo Jegede among other party candidates.

News24 reported a full detail of the election result.

- News 24

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