The intervention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the rift between Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, may take a different turn as reports claim the majority of the members of the APC Peace Committee have sympathy for Aiyedatiwa.
Naija News recalls that the party’s National Chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, had set up a reconciliation committee to resolve the political disagreement between Akeredolu and Aiyedatiwa.
The committee had invited and engaged the party’s Chairman in the state, Ade Adetimehin, Aiyedatiwa, and members of the National Assembly in Abuja.
Speaking on details of the peace meeting, a party leader told Vanguard committee members tactically gave the deputy governor a soft landing.
The source said: “Majority of the committee members took sides with Aiyedatiwa because they have an unresolved grudge with Akeredolu.
“The grudges against Akeredolu were based on his intervention on national issues, especially his outspokenness during the former President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
“The committee already made up its mind. Except for the former governor of Osun State and Lagos State deputy governor, others in the committee have one or two issues to settle with the governor.
“Many of them have been waiting for an opportunity to flex muscles with the governor. They see Akeredolu as a very stubborn person. They didn’t like his public stance on issues like Fulani herdsmen and demand for restructuring.
“There are people in the committee that hated Akeredolu because he led the establishment of Amotekun in the Southwest. Most of the moves against the governor now are because of his stance on national issues.
“The committee is also biased. Truth is that seven out of the eight members of the House of Representatives and the three Senators from the state have asked Aiyedatiwa to go and apologize to his boss, but the committee is assuring him that nothing will happen to him even if he doesn’t apologize.
“As it stands, the committee is not giving any chance to the governor. It’s clear that the recommendation will be against the governor and members of the House of Assembly.”
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