BREAKING: Ondo 2016: Akeredolu floors Tinubu’s candidate at APC primary

Rotimi-Akeredolu-990x557Ibadan based legal practitioner and politician, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) on Saturday emerged candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the November 26 governorship election.

In a keenly contested election, Akeredolu defeated Olusegun Abraham, the preferred candidate of the National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tunubu, by 669 votes.

He had vaunted before the commencement of the poll that former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu would be surprised by the outcome of the primary election.

Tinubu himself had counselled aspirants to realise that only one of the over two dozens aspirants would win the ticket, pontificating that those who lose in the primary must join forces with the winner to ensure that their candidate wins the gubernatorial election in the state.

It is the second time he is emerging candidate of the party, as he was the candidate in the 2012 governorship election.

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Mr. Abraham, an international businessman and a one-time Chairman of Owena Motel under Governor Adefarati, scored 635 votes to come second in the race.

He was a governorship aspirant in 2012 on the platform of the defunct ACN but was pressured to step down for Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) who flew the party’s flag at the time.

Despite the initial controversy over alleged imposition of Mr. Abraham on the party, the results showed that the election was keenly contested with all the major aspirants showing political strength.

Although 24 persons vied for the ticket, the contest was strictly among Mr. Abraham, Olusola Oke, Robert Boroffice and Mr. Akeredolu.

Mr. Oke pulled some surprises with his performance.

He is a new figure in the party, joining the party from the PDP shortly after the 2015 loss to APC in the presidential election.