Aiyedatiwa’s guber ambition tears Akeredolu’s family apart

Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, wife of the late governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, has tackled her late husband’s niece, Funke Akeredolu-Aruna, for supporting the governorship aspiration of incumbent Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

News Direct reports that Akeredolu-Aruna who served as former Deputy Chief of Protocol in the administration of late Governor Akeredolu has thrown her weight behind Ayedatiwa.

In a social media post on Monday, late Akeredolu’s widow described her husband’s niece as a ‘bloody serpent’ for supporting the incumbent governor who is eyeing the governorship ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, for the November 16 poll.

“Behold the face of Aketi’s niece, Funke Akeredolu Aruna, the former deputy chief protocol to Aketi, shamelessly parades as ‘I am lucky’ Bloody serpent! Time will tell if she is truly lucky!” Mrs Akeredolu wrote on social media.

In a swift reaction, the niece said she was being attacked by the former governor’s widow for rendering her political support to the incumbent governor Aiyedatiwa.

In a chat with Daily Trust after Mrs Akeredolu’s post, the late governor’s niece revealed that she refused to join the opponents and enemies in chastising the incumbent governor over his political aspirations.

“Mummy (Akeredolu’s wife) is fighting and attacking me now because she has her reason and she is not supporting the incumbent governor.

“I just happened to be a victim of circumstances with whatever that is happening. I was the deputy chief of protocol in the last administration to my uncle (Akeredolu) and this present governor was like a family too to the Akeredolu family,” she said.

While noting that the former governor and Aiyedatiwa were very close before he died, Akeredolu-Aruna said the late governor took the incumbent like a brother who could easily be trusted.

“So, I also called this present governor an uncle because of that when the initial issue started, I meant when Lucky was the deputy governor, I didn’t support the cabal.

“It got to a time, they started saying I was dating him (Lucky). When I heard that I was dating him I was surprised. You know that type of white lies that you believed that is not possible and because of what was going on, I didn’t believe all that was being said about him.

“Now that he (Aiyedatiwa) is now the present governor I happened to be one of the assistant convener of Orimisan Lucky Women in the state, a supporting group for his reelection bid and this particular group is number in the state because we are all over the 18 LGAs.”

“So, we had a programme yesterday to chart a way forward and it was during this programme that they took my picture. It is just politics and I want to believe that it is the opposition that took that picture and started sending it around with blackmail.

“I think that’s where the late governor’s wife now got the picture and you know she was disappointed that I’m not in their camp and everybody knows I’m in Lucky’s camp. I have always been there when the whole shenanigans started especially when the politics was hot in the state. It’s not new to the family members that I’m Lucky.

“I won’t back out from Lucky’s camp. I cannot see where there is light and follow darkness. All these things that are flying around the incumbent governor are pure lies because as a Christian I cannot pitch my tent with lies. I have my integrity and I hold it in high spirits.”

Recall that there was animosity between the late governor’s wife and Aiyedatiwa after Akeredolu got incapacitated before he gave up at a German hospital.

Akeredolu died on December 27.

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