According to what First Weekly Magazine reported, the National leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is
determined to make sure his political party wrestles power from the incumbent Labour Party in Ondo State in the next governorship elections, which is scheduled to hold on 20th October 2012.
According to First Weekly Magazine's
findings, Asiwaju Tinubu has released a
whooping 30 billion naira to the ACN
governorship candidate, Barrister Rotimi
Akeredolu (SAN), to prosecute the political war and unseat the incumbent Gov. Segun Mimiko of the Labour Party.
Our source informed us that the former
Lagos State Governor has already deployed all his political warriors to Ondo State, to make sure the state is delivered for ACN.
“Yes, it's true Asiwaju has approved N30 billion for ACN in Ondo State. And I want to assure you that the money will be spent well to win the governorship election,” a source confided in us.
We further gathered that Tinubu sees
winning Ondo State by the ACN as very
important to his dream of regional integration of the South West zone.
“It's very important we get back the glory of the South West, and Ondo State is very key to the development of the entire South West. That is why Asiwaju is not taking this with kids' gloves at all. I can tell you that you will see changes in the campaign strategies of the ACN in the next few days.
"It is just two months to the election, and I want to confess to you that Ondo people already know that it's only ACN that can deliver democracy dividends for them,” an ACN stalwart in Ondo State stated.
But on the contrary, a Labour Party chieftain, who spoke with us on the condition of anonymity, said ACN does not exist in Ondo State.
“Where is the structure of ACN in Ondo? They are bringing in people from Lagos to come and fool Ondo indigenes. But we are very intelligent here. Mimiko is our man and we have decided in Ondo to give him a second term.
“Forget regional integration they are
preaching. They know that apart from Lagos, Ondo is the richest in South West. Tinubu's eyes are in our oil money, and we won't let him get it. You see, combine Ekiti, Osun, Ogun and Oyo state's allocation together, it is not up to what Ondo State gets from it's 13 percent
derivation of oil. So, it's our oil money that Tinubu wants, and he won't even smell it,” the Labour Party official said.
A political observer who spoke with us also cast doubt on the chances of the action congress winning the Ondo governorship race.
“Before Akeredolu was forced on the party members of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), as their flagbearer, the ACN was in close second, giving the Labour Party a real threat, but with the choice of Akeredolu, the ACN has slipped to the third, behind even the
PDP, the party is so much in disarray now. Can you imagine that out of the about 41 in the race, the night Akeredolu was pronounced as the flagbearer, about twenty one of them decamped to the Labour Party, while between twelve and fifteen left for the PDP. You can see what imposition of candidates can do.
“Ask Asiwaju what Tunji Abayomi told him, when he called them to a peace meeting. He said Tinubu has destroyed ACN in Ondo, also can you imagine what Professor Boroffice is going through now? The man was enjoying himself 'jeje' in the Senate, when Tinubu started mounting pressure on him and started
sending text messages to him and his wife
that he is the next Governor of Ondo, the
senator bought the bait and jumped from the Labour ship to ACN or is it the case of Abraham, a young enterprising billionaire, who was enjoying his peace in America only to be invited home, used and dumped?
“If you add all these, and the fact that the ACN leaders wanted to pay back a favour done them by somebody to the detriment of the party's goodwill in the state, the outcome might be disastrous,” he said.
Culled from First Weekly Magazine