ACN backs Akeredolu, PDP picks Oke


Jamiu Yisa

Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has announced Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, as the duly elected governorship candidate of the party in the forthcoming election in Ondo State, Southwest Nigeria.

Akeredolu’s candidature was duly supported by party delegates in the 18 local governments of the State.

Announcing the result, the chairman of the congress committee, Mr. Olawale Osun said that the total number of accredited delegates is 61,246 and 55,917 out of the accredited delegates voted in favour of Rotimi Akeredolu.

One of the former aspirants and a former chairman of the party, Barrister Sola iji moved the motion for the acceptance of the result, while another aspirant and a federal lawmaker, Ifedayo Abegunde seconded the motion moved.

The candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu after receiving his certificate of nomination, presented by the National vice chairman, South west Senator James kolawole said it is time for the party to swing into action.

Akeredolu said that the party will emerge victorious in the election, stressing that he is ready for the task ahead.

In the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primaries, 621 delegates elected the former National Legal Adviser of the Party, Chief Olusola Oke as candidate for the forthcoming election.

The party’s peaceful primaries was witnessed by INEC officials and PDP National delegation led by Senator Umaru Tsauri.

Olusola Oke picked a former governorship aspirant of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Mr. Saka Lawal as his running mate.

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Addressing the party delegates, the PDP state chairman, Mr. Ebenezer Alabi said there was an internal agreement between the party executives and Chieftains in selecting the party candidate and the running mate.

Alabi added that the party went into the primaries after the delegates unanimously agreed to vote for Oke.

He said,“the system adopted by the party was supported by other aspirants and they are all present at this party primaries to support the PDP flagbeaerer”.

The former State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Agagu commended the party leaders and supporters for adopting Oke as their flagbearer, stressing that “in Ondo State today, PDP is one family”.

Agagu said it was part of the agreement of the PDP leaders to give the party’s deputy governorship slot to a former member of an opposition party.

“Lawal was picked today becuase he was one of the aspirants of ACN and also have the ideology which the PDP has for the people of the state. What we are doing today has never been done in the history of the party. The people have seen that there is a big difference between LP and PDP. They are suffering and want our government back,” he said.

The party’s candidate commended the party members for embracing his candidature, promising that he would never disappoint them.

Oke assured that his administration would focus on creation of jobs for the people.

He said, “You can’t embark on infrastructure when the people are suffering, they will embark on destroying them. You can’t be building bus stop when you don’t have buses, thank God for the federal government who gave the states Oil subsidy palliative buses”

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