Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu has shown that he is a very popular politician in Ondo State and he can control the All Progresives Congress without any Lagos factor.
The APC primary election was conducted yesterday and it was a landslide victory for Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu. He polled a massive score of 2, 725 to beat and defeat his closest rival, Mr. Olusola Oke who had a paltry score of 265 votes. Mr. Isaacs Kekemeke came third with only 19 votes.
Now, with or without Bola Ahmed Tinubu's support, Rotimi Akeredolu coasted home victory and he would be smiling now as he had more than 70% of the votes cast.
Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu will have to change his approach towards Rotimi Akeredolu and the Ondo State APC. Apparently, Mr. Tinubu has no influence in the APC in Ondo State now.
Whether he supported Olusegun Abraham, or Oke or Kekemeke, the results of the election have shown clearly that Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu doesn't have any tangible control and Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu has stopped any external control and he remains a strong leader.
It is time for Tinubu to move closer to Akeredolu. Of course, Akeredolu doesn't have presidential ambition. He doesn't intend to be the president of the country, but Tinubu has. The Lagos based politician will definitely need Akeredolu's support in 2023, hence it is better for Tinubu to move closer to Akeredolu now.
I will advise Tinubu to first congratulate and rejoice with Akeredolu for winning the APC ticket. This will give Akeredolu some confidence that Tinubu will back him in the next gubernatorial election.
After that, Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu should swiftly render whatever assistance he can give to Akeredolu for the main gubernatorial election. This is very crucial as it will enable Tinubu to register his own presence in the Ondo State politics and boost his own popularity within the Akeredolu's camp in the APC.
Mr. Akeredolu might not need help, but it is advisable for Tinubu to reach out to the state governor and liaise with him on how to defeat the PDP in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.
Tinubu has no supremacy to prove anymore. The results have shown that he couldn't just control the Ondo APC and hijack the party structure from Rotimi Akeredolu. The best he can do is to work with Akeredolu.
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