President Muhammadu Buhari has formerly endorsed the candidature of Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress for the forthcoming Ondo Gubernatorial election.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State made this know when he formerly unveiled the candidate before the president in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“A few weeks ago, I was given the responsibility of leading the campaign on behalf of the National Executive for the Ondo election. And the candidate since election at the primaries has not come to be presented to the leader of our party, that is Mr President”
“So, today we came in with the candidate and to confirm to the president that APC has only one candidate unlike other parties that are fighting about who is their candidate.”
“We have only one candidate and that candidate is Chief Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN)”
“Well, that is not a problem to APC, since inception. You knew what happened in Kogi, you knew what happened in Edo, we won the elections. It was as if it was going to be very difficult for us but we won the election.”
“Today again, we are going into Ondo. The entire mistake we made in other states we have corrected them. We are seeing a very smooth election, not only a smooth election but the credibility of the candidate itself is something worth selling. We know definitely we are going the election.”
“Well Mr. President is a loyal party man so he is answerable to the party although the president of Nigeria. He has also confirmed that he has seen the candidate and is also praying for a successful election in ondo state.”
Meanwhile Mr. Akeredolu says his rift with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, national leader of the party, is over. Tinubu had opposed his candidature, criticizing the process that threw up Akeredolu as the party’s candidate.
Speaking with state house correspondents after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, Akeredolu said he had no problem with Tinubu.
He also said he was confident he would win the election.
“l can always tell you, people who know me, they know that I talk most times with some confidence. Let me assure you here that by the grace of God, we will win the election in Ondo state.”
“I don’t have any rift with him. Since the primary, you would see that he has not said anything about it. He has accepted the primary and we are moving on. So, I don’t have any rift with him at all and we are moving on.”