Ondo poll: APC youths back Akeredolu’s ex-running mate Akintelure

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Toheeb O.Kolawole

 

Some youths of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State on Friday threw their weight behind Dr. Paul Akintelure, the former running mate of late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, to defeat the incumbent, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, ahead of the November 16 governorship election.

Akintelure was a deputy governorship candidate to Akeredolu when he contested on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria during the 2012 governorship election.

The APC youths’ endorsement of Akintelure comes on the heel of the lying-in-state and final burial ceremony of the late former governor held in his hometown, Owo, Ondo State on Friday.
Akeredolu died in a German hospital on December 27 after a protracted illness.

Addressing a media conference in Abuja, an APC stalwart and Spokesman for Ondo Concerned Youths, Dr Oluseyi Ajao, stated that with or without the power of incumbency, Aiyedatiwa and another popular aspirant, Jimoh Ibrahim, cannot match Akintelure’s pedigree in the state.

Ajao described the doctor-turned-politician as a founding member of the party, a former senatorial candidate, and a ‘very close ally’ to the president.

He said, “Where was the like of Governor Aiyedatiwa in Ondo politics around 2007? He was nowhere to be found. Even the Jimoh Ibrahim you talked about then was in PDP. It may interest you to know that Dr Paul Akintelure was the one who brought the party (Action Congress) from Lagos when Bola Tinubu sent him to come and represent him here in Ondo. He later picked a form for the ACN senatorial candidate but lost the election. But he moved on. In 2008, he was the only one left in the party.

“The truth is when Akintelure started back then with Aketi, they were very close. He even picked him in 2012 to be his deputy. But after the election, he was dropped because the group with Aketi didn’t trust him enough. After all, they had their cabal. They demanded that he be removed.

“So since then, he has been supporting Tinubu and following the party. If not for these people who gave power to Senator Jimoh Ibrahim, nobody would be talking about him. He was against the party for so many years. That notwithstanding, we are still convinced that Akintelure remains a force to be reckoned with. He is the best man for the job. Our prayer is with the Late Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu. His name remains written in gold among all progressives in Ondo State.”

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