The Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Mr Bamidele Oloyeloogun and the Chief of the staff to the State governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale, yesterday insisted that the second term of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is sure, declaring that the giants strides of the present administration have silenced the opposition parties in the state.
He cited Akeredolu’s role in the establishment of the South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, as one of the things that had endeared him to the people of the state.
Oloyeloogun spoke at the Ondo state NUJ Press Centre during a Press Conference organised by a pro-Akeredolu group, the Democratic Peace Movement for Aketi 2020, in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Monday.
The group, which consists of mostly appointees of the governor, called on Governor Akeredolu to consider running for the second term in office, said: “the second term for Akeredolu is not negotiable.”
Represented by a former Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Samuel Aderoboye, the Ondo Speaker said Akeredolu had performed well in every sector of the state in the last three years had earned him the love of the people of the state.
The Speaker pointed out that opposition parties such as the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had lost their voice as a result of unprecedented developmental strides of Akeredolu,
urging the people of the state to sustain their support for the governor for second term.
Addressing newsmen at the NUJ Press Centre, Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital, the Chief of Staff to the governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale, emphasized that the group decided to champion the call for the reelection of the governor due to the need for continuity of all the ongoing developmental projects he initiated.
Ale, said Akeredolu’s achievements had already earned him a second term, saying Akeredolu deserved the party’s tickets to re-contest in order to continue the developmental strides initiated by the governor.
The Chief of Staff who disclosed that the party leadership had been making efforts to resolve the internal wrangling with the state chapter of the APC to ensure victory for the party in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Also speaking, SUBEB chairman in Ondo state, Princess Oladunni Odu highlighted major achievements of governor Akeredolu in education sector which included massive construction of school and modern laboratories in primary schools in all local government areas.
Also speaking at the press conference, the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Security matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, said the southwest governors were working on recruitment modalities and how those employed will be trained by certified security experts.
According to him, consultations were made before the launch of the security outfit.
According to him, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu was carried along in all stages before the outfit’s launch.
Besides, he said the IGP sent a representative to the Southwest security summit held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, where the six governors agreed on Operation Amotekun.
The coordinator of the group, Prof Olu Aboluwoye, said Akeredolu was committed to moving the state forward, calling on the people to support him for second term to enable him to deliver more dividends of democracy to the people.
Aboluwoye said ahead of 2020 governorship election in Ondo State, the pressure group within the state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC), Democratic Peace Movement for Aketi 2020, had thrown their weight behind the re-election of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for a second term in office.