By Emmanuel Oladesu Deputy Editor and Otabor Osagie, Akure
No fewer than 9 chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State are lobbying to exchange Deputy Governor Agboola Ajayi, who’s going through impeachment fees earlier than the Home of Meeting.
The gladiators, who’re core members of Group Aketi, the political construction of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), are from the Ondo Senatorial District.
These eyeing the quantity two place are: chairman of the Common Fundamental Training Board and former Training Commissioner Mrs Oladunni Odu; Chairman of the Ondo State Oil Producing Areas Improvement Fee (OSOPADEC) Gbenga Edema; former member of the Niger Delta Improvement Fee (NDDC) board and senatorial aspirant Fortunate Ayedatiwa; Commissioner for Training and youthful brother of former Governor Segun Agagu, Femi Agagu.
Others are: Deputy Chief of Workers Jimi Kuforiji; Mrs Olamide Falana and Commissioner for Water Assets, Yetunde Adeyanju.
A supply mentioned Ayedatiwa, Agagu and Odu are the sturdy contenders though some celebration chieftains are additionally rooting for the Finance Commissioner, Wale Akinterinwa
In line with the supply, the jostling could have altered the permutations for the collection of operating mate for Akeredolu, who’s looking for a second time period.
Initially, some celebration leaders have advised Dr. Paul Akinterinwa, his 2012 operating mate for the job.
Occasion insiders additionally confided that some governorship aspirants from the South are additionally eyeing the deputy governor/operating mate slot, following the adoption of the oblique mode of main, which the governor is almost certainly to win.
They’re mentioned to be mounting pressures on credible celebration leaders who’ve the ears of Akeredolu to contemplate them for the slot.
The foyer for the deputy governor has intensified, following the graduation of impeachment proceedings towards Ajayi by the Home of Meeting.
A celebration chieftain from the North District, who craved for anonymity, mentioned: “all of the lobbyists are from the Southern district and so they have enlisted the companies of trusted allies of Governor Akeredolu.”
The supply added: “That is politics; you dont await the bullet to fulfill you, if you happen to can establish it,and that’s the reason we received’t relaxation till the deputy governor is impeached as a result of we have now credible proof towards him.
“There are extra certified personalities within the South who’re able to take up the battle as soon as Agboola is impeached. We can’t be dragged again by one man who has completed the celebration within the South as a result of he was having his personal agenda.
“So, identical to Abena(forme Secretary to Authorities Ifedayo Abegunde) who was changed inside 24 hours, as soon as the person goes, the following deputy might be sworn in nearly instantly,.
“The one unlucky problem across the situation is that, aside from lobbying, the gladiators are already locked in rivalry.”
The ruling celebration, which is silent on the jostling for Ajayi’s place, is sustaining a eager curiosity within the impeachment proceedings.
Ayedatiwa, the selection of the celebration management for the Senate for the 2019 elections, was dropped by the previous Nationwide Working Commitee (NWC) of the APC.
He’s an in depth ally of the governor who’s but to be compensated.
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He’s a dedicated member of the ‘Akeredolu for second time period mission.’
Agagu was Chief of Workers below his late brother. He’s held in esteem by members of the State Government Council.
Kuforiji, deputy chief of employees, is an affiliate of Ajayi. However, he refused to defect together with him to the PDP.
A chartered Accountant, the retired Assistant Commissioner of Police holds doctorate diploma. A local of Abeokuta, Ogun State, his mom is from Igbotu, the birthplace of Akeredolu’s mom.
Princess Odu from Ikale is a two-time Commissioner. Her affect among the many girls folks is big and she or he has sufficient battle chest. She is standard within the celebration and the state.