Victory Speech: Why I Failed To Recognize Tinubu- Akeredolu

By Ikenga Chronicles December 1, 2016

Victory Speech: Why I Failed To Recognize Tinubu- Akeredolu

President Muhammadu Buhari’s ally and Ondo State Governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday, November 30 revealed why he did not recognise the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu in his victory speech.

He made this disclosure while speaking with the State House Correspondents after been led to meet with Buhari by the Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Tinubu had attempted to replace Akeredolu with his preferred candidate before the governorship election in the state, a development that widened the rift within the party and allegedly pitched Tinubu against the Presidency.

Akeredolu who stated that there was no strained relationship between him and Tinubu, however said that he recognised Buhari as the APC national leader in his victory speech, hence he didn’t need to specifically mention Tinubu.

Akeredolu said his victory at the poll was not for him alone but for the entire APC and recalled that even Tinubu had let go the past and congratulated him on the electoral success.

“That I didn’t specifically thank Bola Ahmed Tinubu? I thanked the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the leader of our party profusely for the leadership which he showed leading to this election.”

“I also thanked our indefatigable chairman for standing by the truth and for his position on this matter that led to this election. I have no reason to do otherwise.”

“The party structure, to the best of my knowledge, is very clear. You have the leadership of the party and that is represented by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.”

“After the election, a chief executive emerges, he becomes a leader of the party; you don’t have to personalize and be looking for leaders all over the place. If we have to do that then I will have to mention 36 or 37 leaders.”

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