The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Ahmed Tinubu has been described by the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu as the “Capone” of the party as well as politics in the whole South-West region (Oyo State inclusive) and the South-South.
This was revealed in an interview the Governor had with newsmen recently while he was trying to debunk claims of a planned defection by him to another party.
He said that he has no reason to leave the ruling party and as such went to visit the party leader who just had surgery to see how he is faring.
Describing Tinubu as a Capone, Akeredolu said, “the national leader is the Capone for us here in the South-West and South-South, so we are waiting for him to come so that by the time he comes, we take very important decisions and he will support us”
“He is our Capone and we are ready to follow his lead so that we can take decisions on matters together and at the end of the day, whosoever the party picks, I’m sure all of us will rally around that person”, he added.
Akeredolu, while saying this, also cleared the air on Tinubu’s health and said that the “Capone” is strong and healthy and will soon be back so that the party can strategise on how to maintain power as well as take back the states they have lost like Oyo State.
Recall that, prior to the 2019 elections, Oyo State was an APC State until the victory of Governor Seyi Makinde at the polls was declared and the state became a PDP State again.
It remains to be known if plans are going on underground, for the opposition party to take over power again from the ruling party in the State and the role leader Tinubu might have in that regards as fingers are still crossed, waiting for the outcome of the upcoming 2023 general elections.