The candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has said he would have been happier to “face both Jegede and Ibrahim as PDP candidate and running mate at the election scheduled for November 26, saying he would still win.
Akeredolu said this on Monday after he was formally presented to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He said he had no fear about both of them, adding that “we know that we are going to win this election and I have no doubt.”
Governor Lalong said he presented Akeredolu to Buhari to tell him that the APC has only one candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo State.
He stated: “A few weeks ago, I was given the responsibility of leading the campaign on behalf of the National Executive for the Ondo election. And the candidate, since the primaries, has not come to be presented to the leader of our party, that is, Mr. President. So, today (Monday), we came in with the candidate and to confirm to the president that APC has only one candidate unlike other parties that are fighting about who is their candidate. We have only one candidate and that candidate is Chief Akeredolu Rotimi(SAN).”
Asked how optimistic the APC was in winning the election, Lalong responded:
“That’s not a problem to APC since inception. You knew what happened in Kogi and Edo. We won the elections. It was as if it was going to be very difficult for us, but we won the elections. Again, we’re going into Ondo, all the mistakes we made in other states, we’ve corrected them, we’re seeing a very smooth election. The credibility of our candidate itself is something worth selling. We know definitely we’re going to win the election.”
Lalong argued that it was wrong for Mimiko to have run to Buhari last week over the PDP’s crisis in the state.
“Mr President is the president of Nigeria and he’s not a member of PDP. Even when we’ve problems in APC, we don’t run to Mr President. If he (Mimiko) has a problem in his state, he’s the governor, let him stay there and resolve the matter. It’s a matter in PDP and those matters are in court. So, why should you run to the president? Is the president the Chief Judge of Nigeria? He is not the INEC chairman either,” he said.