Senator Ajayi Boroffice, representing Ondo North Senatorial District, has accused the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, of fuelling the crisis within the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Senator Boroffice made the allegations in a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Kayode Fakuyi, on Monday.
According to the Senator, Governor Akeredolu instigated the crisis in Ondo APC by alienating APC leaders in the state and turning the party into a personal property.
The statement partly read, “The attitude of the governor to other party leaders in Ondo State, who do not see issues from his perspective, has unfortunately polarized the Ondo State chapter of the party and alienated a critical mass of the party leadership and supporters as well.
“Based on the above-referenced developments, Senator Boroffice is of the view that all is not well with All Progressives Congress in the Sunshine State.
” Rather than embrace the challenges of leadership and reach out to every leader of the party in Ondo State, the governor preferred to run the government of Ondo State and the party with his trifling followership.
“The governor continues to erroneously lay claim to the ownership of the party and continues to threaten other party leaders with a threat of expulsion from the party.
He also alleged that the governor did not want to resolve the leadership crisis in the Ondo APC, despite his efforts to establish personal channel of communication and reconcile their differences.
Senator Boroffice noted that the failure of Governor Akeredolu to resolve the party’s crisis could destroy the legacy of the APC in Ondo state.
He said, “The national leadership of our great party cannot forget in a hurry the road we had to travel to reach where we are; it is our collective will and unity of purpose that have taken us this far. To destroy the legacy is to destroy the great bond that binds us together as members of the APC.
“There can be no justice when someone appropriates our commonwealth and violates our common law (APC Constitution, 2014 as amended) that binds us together.
The federal lawmaker, however, reiterated his support for the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu-led Reconciliation Committee to resolve the crisis in the state chapter of the party.
“It is for this reason that His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari has called for reconciliation of leaders and resolutions of disputed issues. This is the wise road to travel and we cannot dissent. Therefore, Senator Boroffice wishes to express full confidence in the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led presidential committee. We fully support our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on this course,” he said.
Reacting, the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Yemi Olowolabi, described Senator Boroffice’s allegations as trivial and unsubstantiated.
Olowolabi noted that the return of top APC stalwarts to the party contradicted Senator Boroffice’s statement the APC is in crisis in Ondo.
“I don’t know what Senator Boroffice is talking about because the governor has extended hand of fellowship to all members and leaders of the party. That is why you saw Chief Olusola Oke coming back to the party. It is also evident that the Ondo APC is at peace,” he said.
The relationship between Governor Akeredolu and Senator Boroffice has been strained since the latter took over as Governor of Ondo state.
The two political big-wigs have constantly clashed over the control of the APC in the state.