The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has defeated both candidates of the People’s Democratic Party and Zenith Labour Party, Eyitayo Jegede and Agboola Ajayi, respectively at a mock election organised by the Coalition 2020.
The Coalition 2020 is made up of 26 political parties, ethnic groups, trade unions, youths groups, women amongst others.
Akeredolu scored 162 votes, Agboola emerged first runner up with 89 votes, Jegede polled 67 votes while the Prince Dapo Adelegan of the ADC had six votes.
But the foundation chairman of the group, Bamiduro Dada has described the exercise as a sham.
Dada in statement he issued personally, said adoption was conceived and acted in a dishonest manner.
Dada, a former Commissioner for local government said It was a big shame that coalition members who have been preaching good governance could jetisson the purpose for setting up the body because of ten million Naira the chairman and the secretary collected as bribe
He said, ” Coalition 2020 was established about a year ago to provide a viable opposition to the misrule of APC government in Ondo state. At the conclusion of the primaries of all the parties , the leadership of the coalition decided to adopt a party to work with.
“Ordinarily, we were to make a choice between PDP and ZLP. Suddenly, Mr Akin Akinbobola , the chairman of the coalition ,started to scheme in a bid to bring in the ruling party.
“This was resisted by members. Himself and the secretary of the coalition, Mr Sikiru Adetona , Alias Conway cunningly brought in the ruling party after collecting millions of Naira as bribe.
“It was a big shame that coalition members who have been preaching good governance could jentisson the purpose for setting up the body because of ten million Naira the chairman and the secretary collected as bribe.
“To me , the purported adoption was a fierce and carried out because of the #10m bribe received by the chairman and the secretary. I was manhandled because I refused to be pert of the injustice and the money making venture embarked upon by the chairman and the secretary of the coalition.
But the chairman of the Coalition faulted the Bamiduro’s claim, saying allegation of N10 million inducement was baseless .
He said over 400 delegates participated in the mock election which was highly transparent.