About APC Candidate Rotimi Akeredolu: The outcome of Saturday’s highly anticipated primary election of the All Progressive Congress (APC) ahead of the gubernatorial election in Ondo State was unbelievable following the emergence of Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as the party’s flagbearer.
Ondo2016: What You Must Remember About APC Candidate Rotimi Akeredolu
Contrary to expectation, Akeredolu triumph over Segun Abraham despite the support the party’s National leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Here are the things to remember about Akeredolu:
Oluwarotimi Oduanyo Akeredolu (SAN) was born on the 21st of July 1956 in Owo, Ondo State. He became president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in 2008.
Akeredolu was appointed Attorney General of Ondo State from 1997–1999. In 1998 he became a Senior Advocate of Nigeria. He was Chairman of the Legal Aid Council (2005–2006).
In November 2009 he faced allegations of corruption when the Bar Association’s Third Vice-President, Welfare Secretary and Assistant Financial Secretary circulated a petition entitled “Complaints against your fraudulent manifestations, violation of the NBA”.
In a lecture in December 2009, Akeredolu said no amount of electoral reform or judicial system could give Nigeria free and fair elections, if Nigerians themselves refused to take practical steps to ensure that their votes count.
In 2012, the Nigerian Bar Association named its new secretariat in Abuja after him with its president citing the reason being the need for “generational identification and recognition of those who had contributed immensely to the development of the association.
Everything in the NBA is usually highly politicised. The sheer courage for him (Akeredolu) to go through the rigour is a testimony to his selfless service.”
In November 2011, Akeredolu was among a crowd of aspirants to be Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) candidate for Governor of Ondo State in the 2013 elections.
On 28 July 2012, Akeredolu was selected as the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) governorship candidate in Ondo state.
His selection pitched him in a head to head battle with the incumbent, Olusegun Mimiko and Mr Olusola Oke of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Akeredolu who lost the election had promised to create 30,000 jobs in his first 100 days in office.