By Niyi Olutunde, Akure
Barely 72 hours after an endorsement crisis erupted amongst the opposition Unity Forum of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ondo State, another devastating blow was delivered by an independent rating.
The rating result released on Friday by ‘Atunse Mindshift Advocacy Foundation’ (AMAF) on 14 APC Gubernatorial Aspirants created a big ripples in political circles as leading aspirants performed woefully.
The Non Governmental Organization, ‘Atunse Mindshift Advocacy Foundation’, result has Chief Olusegun Abraham, the Ikare Akoko born International Business Tycoon clinched the first position.
While the incumbent governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu managed to arrived at the 5th position.
According to the NGO, “Our position polls is based on the antecedents of each aspirants in the past politically, socially, financially and morally.
Kayode Arigbede, former Senior Special Assistant to former Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko on Contact and Mobilization in a statement made available to journalists in Akure after the collation of the responses from people around in the state said Chief Olusegun Abraham was rated first because of his progressive antecedents since 1999.
“He, Abraham has been a consistent party man and financially strong to win an election”, Arigbede said.
He posited that the only female aspirants among other contestants, Jumoke Anifowose is a party person who has climbed the ladder from being a Local Government party chairman. Also acceptable to both men and women of the state.
The political rating reads further, “Anifowose has consistently being a loyal party woman, she is accessible and her tenure as the Ondo state party Chairman of the defunct ACN was very peaceful.
“Isaac Kekemeke came 3rd in the survey. He was the Chairman of APC that produced the incumbent governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. He is a loyal party man.
“Chief Olusola Oke SAN is 4th. He has served as both state and national officers in his former party. He was in the House of Representatives in the second Republic.
“He joined AD in order to contest the gubernatorial position against the incumbent. He has since returned to APC.
“Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu the incumbent is rated 5th, he is no doubt loyal to the party but his romance by his supporters to join AA during the last elections presidential/senatorial/House of Representatives has affected his rating in the party across the state. Many complained about his being apolitical and nepotism towards his Owo people. He is strong financially to face any election as incumbent governor of the state.”
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