APC wins the Ondo governorship without Tinubu, and the Party is begin to feel they can do without him. The pronouncements of Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau that Tinubu’s absence in the electioneering process would not affect the party is instructive.
When Tinubu was deeply involved in the Ondo elections in 2012, his party still lost. So, if APC wins now that he has withdrawn his support, his days as a factor in the party are gone. It won’t matter that the PDP candidate, Barrister Eyitayo Jegede, was shackled to give APC’s Rotimi Akeredolu a free ride.
The truth is that Bola Tinubu is the biggest loser of the Ondo state election.
His anointed candidate was defeated. His APC party campaigned and won despite his opposition and
without his involvement with the ROTIMI AKEREDOLU CAMPAIGN. ..where is Tinubu’s relevant. It has meaning only after that PRIMARIES ELECTION in the APC, not after a general election.
Bola Tinubu failed common sense test when he refused to issue this statement after the APC primaries.
former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, on Sunday congratulated Rotimi Akeredolu, the winner of the governorship election in Ondo State.
Mr. Tinubu had been opposed to Mr. Akeredolu’s emergence as candidate of their party, APC, alleging irregularities in the party’s primaries.
The former governor and his key supporters were conspicuously absent during Mr. Akeredolu’s campaign rallies.
However, on Sunday, few hours after Mr. Akeredolu was declared winner by the electoral commission, INEC, Mr. Tinubu asked party members to close ranks “for the good of our party and its progressive ideals.”
Read Mr. Tinubu’s full statement below:
Following the announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with regard to the governorship elections in Ondo State, I extend congratulations to Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN. on the outcome of the election and for his perseverance and persistence in seeking that office.
I must also congratulate the people of Ondo State for their generally exemplary conduct on election day and for demonstrating their will to shun the regressive politics of yesterday by returning to the progressive brand of politics that has been the trademark of the people of that state.
I congratulate all party members in the state, particularly the party leadership in the Southwest.
To all the people and parties in Ondo, your election has been had and held. Now is the time that all must work for the continued development, prosperity and peace of your state and our beloved country.
I appeal to all party members including those who have been disaffected from the primary until today to come together for the good of our party and its progressive ideals.