By Niyi Olutunde, Akure
Ahead of the 2020 Ondo state governorship election, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the pioneer interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande have held a reconciliation meeting with Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu in Akure, the state capital.
Others at the meeting were the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, former Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Ali Olanusi, governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the last governorship election in the state, Chief Olusola Oke, Segun Abraham and former commissioner for Regional Integration in Osun State, Mr Bola Ilori among others.
The meeting which was held at Heritage hotel, Akure was said to be at the instance of Governor Akeredolu who is said to be seeking reelection next year.
Journalists and politicians including aides of the Governors were barred from entering the venue of the meeting which lasted for hours.
While addressing journalists after the crucial meeting, the pioneer
interim national chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande said the meeting was aimed at resolving the
differences among members of the APC in the state before the next
year’s gubernatorial poll.
“The meeting is all about to promote the interest of All Progressive Congress, We discuss how we shall win the next election in Ondo state. You can see all our leaders laughing, APC in Ondo is now one”, Chief Akande said.
Similarly, the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu said, “We have asked our leaders to go back to their respective wards and bring back the lost unity into the party, we have told them to go and do their work for the progress of the party.
“Our leaders should go back to their wards and preach unity to their followers”.
The meeting, according to Tinubu was to restore peace and unity to
Ondo APC ahead of the next gubernatorial election.