Unity forum an arm of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Info State, was believed to have been formed by party members who are not happy with the current administration of Governor uwarotimi Akeredolu.
However, the said alliance against the Governor is now in disarray. The battle for the Governorship ticket of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has intensified recently as about 14 members have shown Interest against Akeredolu who is seeking a reelection.
Majority of the interested members were members of the Unity forum as nearly all the Ondo state APC chieftain joined the forum when it was created to show their grievances to the present administration and possibly kick him out of power.
Members of the Unity forum were said to have believed in the coming together as a sure way to genie Governor Akeredolu a return ticket, nonetheless, the party chieftaincy that donminated the forum have in recent time become distracted from the initial purpose of the project.
They seem to have become blinded with their various ambitions, many were reported to have joined the alliance to negotiate ahead of 2024 Governorship Election in the state.
How Zoning had affected the Unity Forum project
News4Naija gathered that it would be the turn of other zones to produce Governor in the state by 2024, and that the incumbent Governor and his predecessor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, were from Ondo North and Ondo Central respectively.
Hence according to zoning principles of the Ondo state political parties, their were calculations, that it will be the turn Ondo South to rule the Sunshine state in 2024.
However, it is important to note that majority of the members contesting in the primary election for the Governorship ticket both in the APC and it’s rival PDP, hails from Ondo South.
What really happened
The selection of Chief Olusola Oke as the consensus candidate of the Unity Forum to tackle Ameredu in the party primary, sent the project into disarray, as members accused the leadership of corrupt practices and mistrust among the candidates.
Also, the candidacy of some of the members that showed interest incotesting the party primary seem to have been affected by lack of support from outside the state, as almost all of them had visited the party national,Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Tinubu had reportedly told the candidate that he preferred to be neutral and play a supportive parent role to all the candidates without exemption.
Nevertheless, some politicians from Ondo South were learnt to be in full support of the incumbent Governor’s second term bid, as they believed that it would bring power to the South with ease.
This politician have claimed that the replacement of the Governor by another person from the North would be an indication that the South have to wait for another Eight years to get to power, and this they do not want.
Here are the list of APC Unity Forum members seeking to contest the Governorship ticket: Olayide Adelani, Akin Awodeyi, Jumoke Anifowose, Jimi Odimayo,Dapo Adelegan, Chief Olusegun Abraham, Bùkólá Adétulà, Chief Olúsolá Òkè, Alhaji Olanrewaju Kazeem, and IfeOluwa Oyedele.
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