By Ola Adeola
Bola Ilori, former local government chairman and ally of Osun governor Rauf Aregbesola, has been named campaign director-general for opposition Ondo governorship candidate Olusola Oke. Ilori, of the All Progressives Congress, is opposed to the emergence of Rotimi Akeredolu as its party’s flagbearer in the coming poll in the state.
However, Ilori says he is still consulting party members on whether to accept his appointment.
“An offer has been made to me, but I am reaching out to my people and supporters on the matter, in a few days I will address the press on it after I have concluded my consultations. I will get back to you,” he told Vanguard.
Ilori, a loyalist of Aregbesola, had served the latter as special adviser on environment. He, alongside others opposed to the controversial primaries that produced Akeredolu, supports fresh primaries to select the party’s flagbearer. The aggrieved are claiming the previous primaries was rigged to favour Akeredolu, a senior lawyer and former president, Nigerian Bar Association, NBA.
Ilori’s possible defection, and that of other aggrieved APC members in Ondo, is allegedly aided by one of the party’s influential leader, Bola Tinubu.
Tinubu, former Lagos governor, had endorsed Olusegun Abraham for the governorship election. He, however, did the exact opposite, in 2012, when he backed Akeredolu as governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, – one of the precursors of the APC. Like in 2012, Akeredolu’s picking of then APC ticket caused a rumpus in the party, a reason for which some of his co-contestants teamed with the state’s ruling party as way to avenge allegedly imposed Akeredolu.