Governor of Ondo State and Chairman Southern Governors’ Forum, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has described speculation of APC National Chairman of APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu as an expensive joke.
Prequel to this statement by Akeredolu, the All Progressives Congress National Chairman also said the consensus candidate for the party’s presidential election coming up 7th-8th June 2022 was Ahmed Lawan.
However, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, put out a statement on Monday, June 6. He said his attention was drawn to this purportedly enacted speculation, which he said is a flight of fancy.
My attention has just been drawn to the expensive joke purportedly enacted by the National Chairman of APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
The speculation is rife that the Chairman took a flight of fancy; and decided to make a pronouncement beyond his competence. He has, allegedly, made public his preferred choice as the candidate of the APC for the Office of the President in the next general elections.
The Governor noted that the post of the president should be made open; particularly for those qualified in the southern part of the country.
In his words:
This alleged pronouncement runs contrary to the position of a majority of Northern Governors in APC; as well as their counterparts in the South. Our agreement is unanimous on this issue. The office of the President should be contested for by qualified persons from the Southern part of the country. That is if the move to get a consensus candidate fails. There has been no shift from this settled issue.
Let it be known that the Chairman or anyone who holds a contrary opinion does so at a personal level. He is at best embarking on a frolic that reasonable people will consider dangerous.
Akeredolu further said though what happened in Owo, Ondo State is of great concern to the country, power must be shifted to the south.
We are grieving but have not forgotten that Power MUST shift to the south. On this, we stand.