Akeredolu: Power ‘ll Shift on October 20

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Oct 11, 2012 No Comments ›› ACN (ji)

The standard bearer of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the October 20 poll, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), yesterday said power would shift in the state after the election. He urged the people to get set for a new dawn.

He told the people of Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo Local Government that ACN would alleviate their suffering, adding that from February 23, next year, they would begin to enjoy the dividends of democracy.

Akeredolu said: “The labourers party is a violent party. They know that they cannot come back to power. So, they are desperate. Power will shift in Ondo State and a government of the people, by the people and for the people will be installed.”

The ACN candidate stormed Ile-Oluji about 3pm after a road show. But supporters converged on the town square near the palace of the Jegun of Ile-Oluji, Oba Sulade Adejugbe, from 9 am.

As the chopper carrying Akeredolu landed in the ancient town, shouts of “ACN, Democracy for Justice” filled the air, with followers waving brooms the party’s symbol. Akeredolu rode through the town, waving at the people who trooped out to welcome him. Flyers containing his programme of action were distributed by party agents who began door-to-door mobilisation and voter education.

Akeredolu was accompanied by his running mate, Dr. Paul Akintelure, former Finance Commissioner, Wale Akinterinwa, a promising politician and governorship aspirant from the town who stepped down for the ACN standard bearer at the congress, Acting Chairman, Akin Adesoji, Secretary, Gboyega Adesida, House of Representatives members, Ifedayo Abegunde and Dele Ogunsakin, Osun State Special Adviser on Environment, Bola Ilori and Deputy Chief of Staff, Gbenga Akano. They were ushered into the Jegun’s palace by the members of the Road Transport Union, the singing women and youths to pay homage to Oba Adejugbe, an engineer who conferred the honorary title of Aare of Ile-Oluji on ACN leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu a few years ago.

Akeredolu told the monarch, his chiefs and other community leaders his mission. He promised to work for the people and become a model governor, if elected on October 20. The traditional ruler prayed for him and wished him success. He urged the political class to demonstrate tolerance and play by the rules of the game.

During the rally, news reached ACN leaders that their followers had been attacked by suspected Labour Party (LP) thugs in Okitipupa in Ondo South Senatorial District.

At the rally, old political war horses in the Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo axis rekindled the memory of leaders who had served the town, including the late Chiefs Obafemi Awolowo, Adekunle Ajasin and Adebayo Adefarati, stressing that ACN is an incarnate of the defunct Action Group (AG) and Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN). One of the town’s political leaders, Pa Joseph Fapounda, reminded the people about their devotion to the progressive cause from the Awo and Ajasin days. He advised them to be firm and committed to ACN. He said the party has great ideal close to their vision for rural development.

Prof. Opeke, another community leader, alerted the people to what he called the antics of the LP, lamenting that their leaders are now wooing people with money, instead of using the state resources to develop the local government.

The eminent scholar urged the people to resist the temptation to sell their voter cards, adding that those who offer money to them during campaigns would abandon them after the poll.

Bubbling with confidence, Akinterinwa, who introduced the leaders, said: “After voting, we will sing songs of joy. Mimiko packed us in a one chance bus. ACN has come to rescue us.”

He said the LP tricks would not work in the town, enjoining supporters to be committed to the end.

He charged the non-indigenes in the local government to vote for ACN.

Said he: “You non-indigenes will enjoy under Aketi government. Akeredolu is a great lawyer. He was the President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) for two years and did all of us who are lawyers proud by building the Law House in Abuja, now named in his honour. He is a great lawyer. He is not a doctor who is afraid of the hospital, a doctor who cannot inject patients. LP is now giving out money and rice. Take the money because it is your money, but vote for ACN.”

Dr. Akintelure said: “On October 20, vote for Akeredolu and ACN so that I can serve as a good deputy governor in Ondo State.”

Akeredolu reiterated his determination to turn the state around.

He said: “Unemployment is increasing in Ondo State and our graduates are now okada riders. I will provide 30,000 jobs for youths.”


The Nation

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