In a recent turn of events, the Ondo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed its appreciation to President Bola Tinubu for his decision to replace a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain with one of its own on the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) board.
Last week, the Ondo APC had voiced its objection to the nomination of Mr. Victor Akinjo, a PDP member and former candidate for the House of Representatives election in the Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal Constituency in February. Akinjo’s nomination stirred controversy within the party, leading to his replacement with Mr. Otito Atikase, a former member of the state House of Assembly.
APC State Chairman, Mr. Ade Adetimehin, expressed his delight over this development, praising President Tinubu for his sensitivity to the desires and fundamental interests of the people. Adetimehin commented, “The decision to withdraw the previous nominee, based on his actions during the general elections, in favor of a loyal and dynamic APC stalwart, Otito Atikase, is heartening and praiseworthy.”
The party has urged Atikase to always prioritize the interests of Ondo State while serving on the NDDC board, emphasizing, “You are expected to continue contributing to the advancement of the APC, particularly in Ondo State.”
Adetimehin extended his best wishes for a productive tenure to the Ondo State representative and the entire NDDC governing board, expressing the party’s satisfaction with this turn of events.
It is worth noting that the Ondo APC had initially opposed Akinjo’s nomination, accusing the Presidency of selecting a member of the opposition party who allegedly worked against Tinubu during the last presidential election. However, the Presidency later reconsidered and replaced Akinjo with Atikase, a move reportedly approved by Tinubu. While no official reason has been provided for Atikase’s nomination, the party and its supporters welcome this decision.