Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu emergence as APC’s flag bearer for the 26th November governorship election in Ondo State has torn the party apart.
The National Leader of the ruling APC, Chief Bola Tinubu, is faced with a dilemma over who to support.
Sources close to Tinubu says the former governor is torn between party allegiance and supporting Chief Olusola Oke.
Ola Oke is the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the Ondo election.
Tinubu has been upset following the edging out of his preferred candidate for the Ondo election, Mr. Olusegun Abraham.
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Tinubu believes some elements in the Party manipulated the primaries to favor Akeredolu.
A panel had was set up to review the conduct of the primary election.
The panel recommended a fresh primary but the national leadership of APC ignored the decision.
That decision irked Tinubu who accused APC’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, of being compromised.
Bola Tinubu called for Oyegun’s resignation. The later refused.
Seeing he could not get his party to do his bidding, a source informed this news house that Tinubu will be backing Oke.
His decision has been galvanized by the solidarity rally by his supporters in Lagos State at the weekend.
Tinubu’s also lost out in the Kogi governorship election when his pick, Hon. James Faleke, was ditched by the party.
“Tinubu ignored what happened in the Kogi election, following Abubakar’s death.
“He believes that the party’s decision to settle for Rotimi Akeredolu was an insult taken too far.
“This is why he is considering backing Olusola Oke.
“He cannot be in APC and be fighting the party at the same time.
“So this is a tough call for Tinubu after being at the vanguard that led to the creation of APC in 2013 and its victory at the 2015 general election,” a source said.
The source also said Bola Tinubu is close to the Director General of Oke’s Campaign Organisation, Mr. Bola Ilori.
He said Mr. Ilori has been begging the former Lagos governor to throw his political clout behind Oke.