By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has given ten reasons why the incumbent Governor Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu deserves a second term in office, even as it urged the security agencies to protect Ondo voters from threats of violence by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the Saturday poll.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC Yekini Nabena the party said the heightened threats of violence by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in the lead up to the October 10 Governorship Election in Ondo State is aimed at causing voter apathy in the face of the unprecedented achievements of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who is standing for reelection.
According to the statement, “Akeredolu who is the governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is running for a second term buoyed by his administration’s first-term unparalleled and multi-sector achievements, cross-partisan support and widespread acceptance by the good people of the Sunshine state.
“It is no surprise that days to the Ondo Governorship election, the APC continues to receive decampees mainly from the PDP, ZLP and other political parties in support of the reelection of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
“Using the last Edo Governorship election as a benchmark, the task before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and our security services is to ensure that valid votes count and the safety of the electorate is guaranteed.
“The APC is well aware of the plans by the PDP and ZLP to criminally influence the outcome of the October 10 Ondo Governorship election through violence and other ignominious and tired undemocratic tactics. We must all be on guard to prevent this. APC’s resolve is unchanged. The will of the electorate must prevail. It is democratic and progressive”.
It further said it in critical sectors such as education, healthcare delivery, infrastructure development, security, youth empowerment and industrialization, Governor Akeredolu is positively redefining governance in Ondo State.
The ruling party said within 3½ years, Governor Akeredolu administration has taken Ondo state from zero to eight functional industries; worked on over 403 kilometers of roads; renovated 660 schools; rehabilitated 1928 boreholes providing portable water; generated over N2.2 billion internal revenue.
This it said represents 300% improvement from previous administration; adding that he has cleared seven months salary backlog owed workers by his predecessor; upgraded the state’s security apparatus which has also benefited the South West zone and neighbouring Niger Delta states; ensured judicious use, probity and accountability of the state’s resources and ensured even spread in the allocation of state resources and projects.
“Governor Akeredolu’s administration has attracted multi-billion naira local and foreign direct investments to the state creating massive employment and boosting the state’s economy; signed into law, a contributory health insurance scheme which has enabled all classes of people in the state access to affordable health care services; successfully domesticated and is implementing the diversification and agriculture drive of the APC government through training, capacity building and a Public Private Partnership which is gainfully engaging thousands of farmers and allied service providers.
“The APC thanks our supporters, members and leaders, particularly our governors and president for standing firm and in unity behind our Party’s governorship candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu. We urge the Ondo Electorate to come out en masse and vote for Governor Akeredolu who is returning Ondo State to its deserved standing and consolidating on the landmark and progressive legacies of late Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin, the first civilian governor of the state”, the statement said.