Ondo Senator Dares Governor Akeredolu
The strife between the senator representing Ondo North senatorial District, Ajayi Boroffice and the State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu seems to be far from over.
As 2019 general elections draw close, the political atmosphere in the state has become tense with war of words between the two elder statemen.
While Akeredolu had allegedly declared the north senatorial seat vacant for 2019, the senator on the other hand had called the bluff of the governor.
In a visit to the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, to empathise with the five members of the chapel injured by sponsored thugs who invaded the parallel state congress of the APC in Saturday, the senator declared that Akeredolu is not a threat.
"You heard the governor on two occasions saying that I am not a member of the All Progressives Congress, and that I should go and register.
"He also said he doesn’t recognise me as a senator of APC. He is the only person who can explain that.
"I don’t see him as a threat to my ambition, but I don’t know whether he sees me as a threat to his ambition", he said.
The statement from the lawmaker seems to have validated the general opinions about the readiness of APC to remain in government beyond this present dispensation.
Party members and political analysts in the state believe the lingering crisis between the senator and the governor will jeopardise their chance of winning elections in 2019.
Ojo Akinrinmade, a politician said it is high time the national leaders of the party waded into the situation.
"I don't know the magic they are going to perform to retain all the three APC senators, House of Representatives members and deliver the state for President Muhammad Buhari come 2019.
(Picture: Ojo Akinrinmade)
"The battle between Akeredolu and Boroffice is a battle of supremacy. None of them is ready to bow for another but they have forgotten that it is to the detriment of the party.
"If things should continue this way till end of this year, I can assure you that opposition party will win the North senatorial constituency and other places from APC. By then, they will realize the havoc they have caused."
Toba Adewusi, a political analyst believes that Senator Boroffice cannot eat his cake and still want to have it.
"This is a man who worked against the success of his party at the state governorship poll in 2016. It was a general knowledge that he had built enmity towards Akeredolu from the very night he lost the governorship ticket.
"During the electioneering campaign, he supported the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy who also left the APC in annoyance for losing the ticket.
"Imagine the level of respect he would have commanded from the governor if he had not played an anti-party politics then.
"In politics, you can't expect to be winning every time. As at today, the governor is the leader of the party in the state and he can dictate the tune whichever way he wants it.
(Picture: Toba Adwwusi)
"I must confess to you that he has already lost his seat in the senate. The best he can do right now is to decamp to another party where he can get an automatic ticket and contest the election.
"If he thinks he can remain as an embattled senator in a fragmented APC and retain his seat, he will be a joker."
Party leaders in the state had during the week alleged that thugs invasion of the parallel state congress in Akure was sponsored by Senator Ajayi Boroffice.
This according to a source within the party, was in retaliation to the betrayal of trust by the Osun State commissioner for Regional integration, Bola Ilori.
A top official of the state government who pleaded for anonymity confirmed to Bounce News that governor Akeredolu has vowed never to extend a hand of fellowship to the senator.
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