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Asiwaju Tinubu flanked from left by Arakunrin Akeredolu and Mr. Pius Akinyelure

Tinubu, Akeredolu Reconcile, Meet In Abuja

The political differences between former Lagos Governor, Bola Tinubu, and the governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, appears to be coming to an end following a peace meeting between the duo in Abuja on Sunday May 5, 2019.
Both politicians travelled parallel paths after the 2012 governorship election in the state when Akeredolu was the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). He lost the election to the Labour Party’s Olusegun Mimiko.

The said peace meeting between Messrs Akeredolu and Tinubu is coming a week after the rumoured suspension of the governor by the NWC for his role in the last general election which allegedly cost the APC the presidential election in the state.

It was reliably gathered that besides the meeting in Abuja, a series of meetings have been planned for Ondo State to further douse all tension.

It was also gathered that the reconciliatory meeting was initiated by a former APC national vice chairman South-west, Pius Akinyelure, who had made several attempts to bring the duo together.

He got his opportunity late last week when Mr Akeredolu flew to Abuja to honour Mr. Akinyelure’s invitation to meet with the former Lagos governor.

Although the details of the meeting were still shrouded in secrecy, it was gathered that both men expressed their grievances and resolved to work together in the overall interest of the party particularly in Ondo State.

The Tinubu group led by a former deputy governor, Ali Olanusi, and supported by Isaac Kekemeke, who was the former state chairman of the party, had called on the NWC to ensure that Mr Akeredolu was denied the party’s ticket for a second term for his alleged “anti party activities” during the last general elections.

Meanwhile, the governor’s Special Assistant on New Media, Allen Sowore, confirmed the reconciliatory meeting, adding that “peace had been achieved between the two leaders.”

Tunde Rahman, media aide to Mr Tinubu, also confirmed the meeting but refused to give details.

“You have seen the picture of Asiwaju, the governor and the former Vice Chairman, South-west and you know pictures don’t lie and that means the meeting held,” Mr Rahman said.

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