The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), as well as the party’s campaign committee for Ondo State governorship
election, have been mandated by President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the ruling party retains the state in the upcoming election for the party.
Naija News reports that President Buhari tasked the APC Campaign Committee to retain the state in next month’s Ondo 2020 election on Friday when the party and its campaign council for the Ondo election approached him with the candidate and governor of the state, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, at the State House on Friday.
APC National Caretaker Committee Chairman and governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, who disclosed the President’s charge while briefing State House Correspondents, also said President Buhari expressed his confidence in Akeredolu’s chances, even as he officially offered the candidate his blessings.
This online news platform understands that the entourage that visited President Buhari also included the Chairman of the APC Campaign Committee for the Ondo State governorship election, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; the governor of Plateau State, Mr Simon Lalong; the Kebbi State governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu and the deputy governorship candidate of the party, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa.
The Yobe governor, however, expressed the confidence that the ruling party would carry the day in the Ondo election, asserting that only APC could with the state as the candidate had proven to be an excellent administrator in his first term as governor.
“Like I have earlier said, Mr President has endorsed him and he commended him for his efforts in the last four years as he is aware of the transformation and the development he has made in the last four years.
“APC is the only party that can win election in Ondo, not only because APC as a party is the only party but because the governor there is performing and has performed, the people of Ondo state have seen themselves and have agreed to themselves that yes, he is the only man they can trust for the next four years.
“So Mr President has made it and has endorsed him. That’s what we have been looking for, his blessing, his endorsement, his encouragement and his support and we have gotten that already
“We are here today to present our candidate to Mr President being the leader of the party for his blessing. That has always been the practice, we cannot kick-start our campaign without his endorsement and that is what we have just done.
“Well I am optimistic because the product we are selling has sold himself already because he has performed in the last four years. We are all products of our choices and the people of Ondo State are wise now to choose him to continue the good work he is doing.
“So I am very much optimistic that the good people of Ondo State will renew their mandate and the governor of Ondo state will continue and they will give him the mandate again for another four years,” he said.
Also speaking the Chairman of the campaign committee, Governor Sanwo-Olu, said though the APC is confident of its chances of returning Akeredolu as governor because of his development strides, the campaign would not take the people for granted, reaching out to everyone nook and cranny of the state.
His words: “When you have a good product and people have seen and have agreed. It makes our job easier. Our good friend and brother, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, has not only done well, he is a progressive and he is a man that has stood over the last four years, carrying his people along and doing all to ensure that good governance continues in Ondo State.
“So for us, it is really about ensuring that we do not take anybody for granted, that’s why we are not going to rest on our oars even when we know that he has done very well, we will still go through the entire gamut of campaigning, ensuring that we go into all the nooks and crannies of the state to reassure them that their governor, our candidate will continue on the good job that he is doing and also solicit for their votes to ensure that they come out enmass and vote and re-elect him.
“So we will be starting our campaign tomorrow by the grace of God and we will ensure that he goes round all the senatorial, local governments and wards in the state so that we do not take anybody for granted and continue to ensure that the good work that he is doing they can see it and they can continue to work with him,” he said.