2024 guber poll: Ondo East & West LGAs in massive endorsement of Aiyedatiwa


Ahead of this year’s gubernatorial election in Ondo State, the leading campaign group for the political aspiration of Governor Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa in All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo East and West Local Governments, ODATIWA 2024 PARTNERS, have resolved in totality to publicly endorse the gubernatorial candidature of His Excellency Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa for the best interest of the party among other key reasons.

In a carnival – like public display of solidarity for the continued stay in office of His Excellency Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa as the Executive Governor of Ondo State beyond 2025 which was held at the popular Oba Adesanoye Civic Centre in Ondo City where the Governor himself was present, the notable leaders of the party in Ondo East and West Local Governments among others who were unanimous in their resolve to declare and affirm their total support Governor Aiyedatiwa were not limited to Hon. Chief Dr Abiola Peter Makinde, Ranking MHR, Ondo East and West Federal Constituency, Hon. Dr. Ajibayo Adeyeye Esq, former Special Adviser to the Ondo State Governor on Strategy, Political and Legislative Matters, Hon Mrs Adenike Olawoye (Aserere), former SSA to the Governor on Market Matters and Hon. Wale Akinlosotu, former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Ondo State.

Others were Dr. Anthony Eniola, Ondo West Local Government Odatiwa 2024 Partners Director General, Hon. Wale Gbakinro, Hon. Bola Ilori, former Commissioner in Osun State, Dr. Michael Olamidotun AJILO MBChB (MBBS) – OAU Ile-Ife, founder, MADE Foundation, Chief Johnson Akinlosotu (Aladeigbo), Hon. Akinrodoye, SSA to the Governor on Signage, Mrs Adelakun Saaratu (Bujebudanu), Hon. Akerekoro, former Supervisor in Ondo West Local Government, Hon. Akintunde John Folajimi (Jimiok), former Executive Vice – Chairman in Ondo West Local Government, Hon. Adeniyi Adeyosoye, Legislative Assistant 1 to Hon. Dr. Abiola Peter Makinde MHR, Hon. Ife Olasanoye, former Ondo West Local Government Supervisor, Hon. Tolu Akinwande, former supervisor, Hon. Mrs Erelu Abimbola Oshifeso, former TESCOM Commissioner in Akure, Hon. Basiru Oluwole, former secretary to the Ondo West Local Government and Hon. Bada Mathew Maruf.

Chief Dele Olanubi, Prince Wale Adesulire, Chief Mrs, Bukola Akinniyi, Ondo Kingdom iyaloja General, Mrs Amosun Mrs Fayehun, Ondo West Local Government APC women leader, Chief Laide Akinnuoye, Adesemolu, Dr. Fasakin, Barr. Akingbesote, Ondo State APC Assistant Legal Adviser, Hon. Seyi, former MHA, Hon. Olorunsola, Hon. Patrick Ogundolie (Patolo), Baba Ewerinde, Hon. Osodi, Dele Akarigbo, Mrs Adeyemi and a host of other leaders were also in attendance to endorse the candidature of His Excellency Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa in Ondo Kingdom.

Leading the pack of notable leaders to speak on their behalf was Hon. Chief Abiola Peter Makinde PhD, who strongly believe, the good people of Ondo Kingdom usually trust in his political direction which has seen him winning elections into House of Representatives twice in Ondo Kingdom. He assured Governor Aiyedatiwa of his deployment of his winning political dexterity and strategies together with the support of the progressive leader in Ondo Kingdom APC to return him into office one more time.

He further stated that he has consulted widely across his Constituency among all stakeholders and different groups such as Olojas, Baales, Iyalojas, Students bodies, politicians and the rest before coming into the conclusion of endorsing the Governor beyond 2025.

In his own remarks of endorsement, Hon. Dr. Ajibayo Adeyeye Esq who welcomed the governor to Ondo Kingdom, highlighted the germane reasons of staking their time and energy in ensuring Governor Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa pick the gubernatorial ticket of the party and eventually win this year’s election in Ondo State as he made mention of the solid efforts of Governor Aiyedatiwa in Late Governor Akeredolu SAN’s aspiration in becoming the Governor of Ondo State in 2012, 2016 and his second term in 2020 during his statewide campaign.

According to him, Mr Governor is not new to the politics of Ondo State as he once contested for House of Representatives, Senate, NDDC representatives before he was elected, Ondo State Deputy Governor. He also commended the Governor for his resolute to abide by God’s plan in his life even when he was faced by turbulent political war in the state till he became the Acting Governor and naturally becoming an Executive Governor.

Dr. Jibayo further stated the good works in which Ondo Kingdom is a major beneficiary by making reference to the Governor’s quick intervention towards the infrastructural development of UNIMED when he mandated the various contractors handling major projects to go back to site and ensure the timely completion of the projects.

The former majority leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly equally praised the leadership magnanimity of Governor Aiyedatiwa for setting aside a whopping sum of 4.5B in this year’s budget for the purpose of constructing Ondo Bypass road which is at the best interest of all Ondos forever.

Making his own remarks of endorsement, Hon. Bola Ilori who vividly recalled his meeting with late Governor Akeredolu SAN where he openly endorsed Governor Aiyedatiwa as the chosen one who will take over from him and until his demise, he never changed his words nor came out to endorse another person.

The former Alimosho Local Government Chairman of Lagos State also said since Governor Aiyedatiwa has acceded to the two germane requests of Ondo Kingdom in the areas of UNIMED intervention and Ondo Bypass road construction, he fully deserves the total support of all and sundry in Ondo Kingdom to govern Ondo State again.

Joining the key party leaders to endorse Governor Aiyedatiwa was the former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Hon. Wale Akinlosotu who categorically described Governor Aiyedatiwa as an outstanding and trustworthy political leader who possesses the impeccable character of good leadership and means well for the good people of Ondo State.

In her endorsement message, Hon. Mrs Adenike Olawoye (Aserere) frankly assured Governor Aiyedatiwa of the unwavering commitment of the combined efforts displayed by mostly Hon. Chief Dr Abiola Peter Makinde MHR, Hon. Dr. Ajibayo Adeyeye Esq and Hon. Wale Akinlosotu as well as their loyalty to the political course of Mr Governor as uncommon, unique and emulative.

Earlier, Dr. Anthony Eniola, the Director General of Ondo West Local Government Odatiwa 2024 partners has conveyed the unanimous wish of the leaders and majority members of Ondo Kingdom APC to endorse Governor Aiyedatiwa to him.

Other speakers and groups representatives such as APC Christian in politics, Muslim community, NURTW, ANTP, Students body, Olojas, Baales, Amuludun, OSATU – Ondo State Artisan and Traders Union, Teachers Forum, Hausa community, Ebira community, Delta community, Chief Johnson Akinlosotu (Aladeigbo), Engr. Dele Olanubi, Hon. Akinrodoye, Hon. Rafiu Akinkuolie, Mrs Fayehun, Hon. Mrs Erelu Abimbola Oshifeso, Hon. Akinmejiwa, Iyaloja General – Chief Mrs Bukola Akinniyi, Bada Mathew Maruf, Gen Oyeneyin Rtd, Mrs Adeyemi, Dr. Mrs Awosika also spoke in favour of Governor Aiyedatiwa’s endorsement in Ondo Kingdom to continue his good delivery of dividends of democracy as Ondo State Governor.

While acknowledging the overwhelming support he has received in Ondo Kingdom so far, Governor Aiyedatiwa appreciated the party leaders for formulating a coalition of strong political forces that can make things happen in Ondo Kingdom ahead of gubernatorial election in Ondo State in his advantage.

He also commended them for the confidence they have in him; for coming together to endorse him and that they will never be disappointed.

The Governor also promised to reset the state on the paths of development.

“The people of the state are happy even at the face of hardship due to the resetting mechanism of the economy by the Federal Government.

“The hardship is a matter of time, all the programs and policies both at the Federal and State will start yielding results.

“Ondo State has mapped out plans to increase food production by helping farmers in various ways, first to ensure they are protected from marauders and that is why the security architecture of the state is given a priority and I will not joke with it. Grading of rural roads in farm settlements has already been given attention to, in order for easy transportation of farm produce into urban centres.

“Approval has also been given to primary and secondary schools teachers recruitments in order to close the gap of shortage of teachers in our schools and advertisement would be out any moment from now for the trained teachers.

“As of today, Ondo state government is not owing civil servants their salaries, all salary arrears have been fully paid and workers have been enjoying wage award of 35, 000 Naira monthly aside their salaries.” Governor Aiyedatiwa stated.

The Governor was full of confidence that Ondo East and West Local Governments will deliver massive votes for him on April 24th, 2024 at the party’s primary.

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