By Temitope Adedeji in Akure
The camp of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State is now in disarray over speculation that one of the aspirants contesting for the governorship of the state on the party’s platform, Dr Olusegun Abraham, has been endorsed by the national leader of the party in South-west, ahead of November 26 gubernatorial election in the state.
Dr Abraham, who hails from the Northern part of the state, the region angling to produce the governor after the incumbent, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, tenure ends in February, 2017, is said to have been endorsed particularly by APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Other aspirants of the party from the Akoko area in the Northern zone of the state, where Abraham comes from, are now up in arm against Abraham and rooting to stop the move.
The aspirants moving against Abraham include Dr. Tunji Abayomi, a renowned lawyer and human right activist; Mr. Oladuni Moyosola, a business mogul; Rt. Hon. Victor Olabimtan, former Speaker, Ondo State House of Assembly, and Mr. Gani Dauda, a well respected politician.
They alleged that Abraham had been parading himself around saying he has been picked by Asiwaju Tinubu.
WESTERN POST learnt at a meeting two Sundays ago at the residence of former Deputy Governor Alhaji Ali Olanusi in Alagbaka, Akure, the aspirants rejected the alleged move to impose Abraham on them.
Some of the aspirants have gone on social media to protest against the alleged move.
In a communiqué said to have been issued by Dr. Abayomi on behalf of others, the aspirants all rejected the alleged imposition.
Meanwhile, the APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Omooba Abayomi, has gone on a popular radio station in Akure to calm the aggrieved party members and other aspirants and to debunk the allegation that the APC leaders in the state went to Lagos to endorse Abraham.
He said the party is working towards the success of the forthcoming primaries slated for August 27.
Abayomi said there is no iota of truth in the speculation that the state executive committee of the party were summoned to Lagos and told to support Mr. Abraham.
A total of 25 aspirants have collected the party’s nomination form and are jostling for the APC ticket.
The candidate ‘imposition’ syndrome allegedly contributed to APC’s defeat in the 2012 gubernatorial election in the state.
The APC came third behind Labour Party and PDP.