By Ola Adeola
Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, says he failed to attend a debate organised by Channels television Monday night because he was “tucked deep in the riverine communities of Ilaje Local government”. Akeredolu added, perhaps for good measure, that most of the communities in the area “have no access to electricity to watch television”, an apparent aim at the performance of outgoing Governor Olusegun Mimiko.
“We regret the inability of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu SAN to attend today’s Governorship debate organised by Channels Television.
“It is unfortunate that the debate is coming at a time when our grassroots rallies are at their peaks.
“As we write this, Akeredolu is tucked in the deep riverine communities of Ilaje Local government most of which have no access to electricity to watch Television.
“In view of the demand of this hectic campaign schedule, we therefore regret our inability to honour Channel TV’s call for debate within the remaining time” the statement said.
Other candidates at the debate were Olusola Oke, Alliance for Democracy, AD; Jimoh Ibrahim, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Olu Agunsoye, Social Democratic Party, SDP.
Akeredolu had debated Oke and incumbent Governor Olusegun Mimiko, then governorship candidates of the PDP and Labour Party, LP, respectively, in 2012. Interestingly, both Oke and Mimiko have jumped ships, Oke thrice – PDP, APC, AD, while Mimiko has left LP for the PDP.