Akeredolu to Ilaje, Akoko: Vote Wisely

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Oct 15, 2012 No Comments ›› josh

The standard bearer of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Saturday’s poll, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has promised to alleviate the plight of the oil-producing communities in Ilaje and Ijaw.

He urged them to vote wisely by voting for him on Saturday, assuring that an ACN administration would not disappoint them.

Akeredolu and his running mate, Dr. Paul Akintelure, were in Igbokoda, the headquarters of the Ilaje nation on Saturday. Alighting from a chopper, he was besieged by a crowd of party supporters who had waited for his campaign train since noon. The ACN candidate was accompanied by Dr. Jibayo Adeyeye, Wale Akinterinwa, Segun Olulade and Wale Akintimehin. They were welcomed to the campaign grounds by the leaders of the party in the area, Chief Wale Omojuwa, Nimbe Tause, Adebambo Odowo, Olu Mekuleyi and Lucky Ayedatiwa

Ilaje is the home of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Chief Olusola Oke. The ACN rally coincided with the PDP rally in Akure, which was attended by President Goodluck Jonathan and party leaders.

At the rally, ACN supporters complained that their members in the coastal areas were not mobilised by the party chairman in the local government, urging the standard bearer to repeat the rally in the riverine communities because the party has a reservoir of goodwill in the locality.

After addressing the Igbokoda rally, Akeredolu visited the palace of the Olugbo of Ugboland, Oba Frederick Akinruntan, to pay homage and explain his mission in the community to the traditional ruler, his chiefs and the people. The paramount ruler wished him success. He urged politicians to show tolerance and promote peace.

Tause, who welcomed the ACN leaders to the campaign, assured Akeredolu of bloc votes. He said: “Iroko is already afraid. He is planning to rig the election. We will not allow him.”

Odowo also said the Labour Party (LP) was jittery. He said: “Five Yoruba states are already cooperating under the umbrella of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the Southwest. Ondo cannot be different. Ilaje cannot vote for Papa Deceiving Party. Umbrella is necessary for the rain, but it cannot withstand a storm. We will sweep them away with our brooms.”

Ayedatiwa said Ilaje looked forward to 2013 as a year of change and joy. He appealed to those in the LP and PDP to join the ark of salvation.

Akintimehin said: “Akeredolu has conducted an analysis here in Ilaje. He knows the plight of the Ilaje. He will not misrule us. Let us go to our units and convince those still in the LP and PDP to vote for the ACN.”

Mekuleyi said Governor Olusegun Mimiko has misused the oil money derived from Ilaje, adding that normalcy will be restored by the ACN government. He said:” Where is our oil money? ACN will develop Ilaje and our roads will be built. What we need to do is to vote for ACN and police our votes.”

Akeredolu urged the Ilaje to vote wisely. He lamented the under-development of the oil-producing communities, stressing that they had laboured under the Labour Party in vain. He enjoined them to avoid violence whenever they are provoked by suspected LP thugs, assuring that victory is at hand.

At Oka-Akoko, the crowd rejoiced on sighting Akeredolu, who was ushered to the podium by the governorship aspirants who had stepped down for him, including Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, Dr. Jayeola Ajatta and Dr. Segun Abraham. Before addressing the rally, the ACN candidate visited the palace of the Olubaka of Oka, Oba Adebori Adeleye. Community chiefs and elders prayed for him after he explained his mission. He promised to turn around the state by fighting the infrastructure battle.

At the rally were Mr. Gboyega Adefarati, Mrs. Ogedengbe, Mrs. Ronke Ojo, Ambassador Yusuf, Tope Babaleye, a lawyer, Boye Ologbese, and Bola Ilori. Akinterinwa, who introduced the leaders, hailed the dedication of Prof. Boroffice to the party’s cause.

He reminded the people about the position of Mimiko on how the governorship slot should be filled, saying since he has advocated one term, he should spend a term in office.

Abraham also said the governor does not deserve the vote of the Akoko, having insisted that former governors Adebayo Adefarati and Olusegun Agagu should not have a second term.

He added: “Aketi has come with a good news for Akokoland. Come out on October 20 to chase Mimiko out of power with your votes.”

Ajatta said: “I am happy because of this crowd. Akeredolu has come with good tidings. Vote for him so that Ondo State can have a responsible government as they have it in Edo, Lagos, Ekiti, Oyo, Ogun and Osun states.”

Ilori, an indigene of Ondo Kingdom, said: “I am from Ondo Kingdom. If those of us from Ondo say we are tired of Mimiko, what should Akoko people do? I saw Akoko roads and felt ashamed of Mimiko. I apologise to you all. Akeredolu will put smiles on your faces.”

Mrs. Ojo said: “Women are the largest voters. Let us vote for Akeredolu and defend our votes. He is the messiah.”

Boroffice told his kinsmen that he is still in the Senate, contrary to the lies being peddled by LP that his position has been declared vacant. He said: “I am still in the Senate, but Mimiko will not be in Alagbaka again. Do not forget our deal. I have a prize for the unit, ward and local government that gives the highest votes to Akeredolu and I know that Akoko Southwest will get the prize.”

Akintelure said: “ I have come to relay a message from God to you at Oka. Aketi will perform wonders in Akokoland. Reject Mimiko in Akoko as we have done in Ikaleland. Mimiko said it would be business as usual. We reject that for Akokoland”.

Akeredolu said: “This crowd is not my doing. It is not because I am good. It is the handiwork of God. Let us thank God, sing praises unto the Lord and rejoice in Him. Where we are going, we are already there. ACN will rule Ondo State.”

The Nation

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