- Suspended Ondo state APC chairman Isaacs Kekemeke says Governor Akeredolu is attacking those he perceived to have opposed him during the September 2016 primaries
- Kekemeke was opposed to Akeredolu's emergence during the primaries
- The accusations have been denied by the aide to the governor who said that Akeredolu had nothing to do with Kekemeke's travails
Ondo state Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has been accused by the ‘suspended’ chairman of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Isaacs Kekemeke of fueling the present crisis within the party.
Akeredolu is also accused of being responsible for Kekemeke's own woes.
Premium Times reports that Kekemeke made his accusations in a petition addressed to the APC regional office on Tuesday, June 6.
Allegations of anti-party activities and dereliction of duty as party chairman led to the controversial suspension of Kekemeke by the state executive committee.
Pending the conclusion of an investigation into the issue, his deputy, Ade Adetimehin was appointed as acting chairman.
As part of his allegations against the governor, Kekemeke claims that Akeredolu is still holding on to old grudges stemming from his controversial emergence as the APC gubernatorial candidate during the primaries in September 2016.
Kekemeke (along with a former Lagos state governor Bola Tinubu) was in opposition to Akeredolu during the primaries and thus believes that that the governor is using government machinery to vilify those who were perceived to be his opponents during the election.
In his petition, Kekemeke stated: “Clearly this song with its familiar and cacophonic tune was scripted by Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State, who has refused to break-away from the bitterness and vestige of the Ondo State APC gubernatorial primary election.
“He has therefore deployed state machinery to vilify perceived enemies, resulting in this latest choreography with a macabre sense of humor.”
Akeredolu’s Chief Press Secretary Segun Ajiboye however denied the claims by Kekemeke.
He stated that the governor was too busy running the state, to be engaged in meddling into the party’s affairs.
Ajiboye insisted that Kekemeke’s suspension was strictly a party affair which Akeredolu had no hand in.
He stated: “The governor is too busy to be involved in the administration of the state and the party at the same time.
“The chairman should look elsewhere, as the governor will not interfere in the affairs of the Party.”
Recall that NAIJ.com had previously reported about a brewing crisis within the APC in Ondo state, as some members of the state executive committee passed a no confidence vote on the chairman, Isaac Kekemeke.
A statement by the publicity secretary Abayomi Adesanya, on Thursday, June 1, said the chairman had not been discharging his duties appropriately.
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