Akeredolu unveils second term agenda, woos Obaseki back to APC


Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State in his vote of thanks to dignitaries who attended his second term inauguration has disclosed plans to woo his Edo State counterpart, Godwin Obaseki back to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Akerodolu in his speech promised to revolutionize agriculture by taking practical steps towards harnessing the full potential of the state stating that his administration would continue to justify, with more vigour, the trust given by the people.

National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, led other party leaders such as Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Gboyega Oyetola (Osun); Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos) to grace the occasion.

Also at the inauguration were former Interim National Chairman Chief Bisi Akande; former Ogun Governor Sen. Ibikunle Amosun; former Senate President Ken Nnamani; new APC chieftain in Osun Sen. Iyiola Omisore and former National Vice Chairman (Southwest), APC Chief Pius Akinyelure.

Obaseki defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2020 election following his disqualification to contest for the governorship by the APC screening committee for the election.

Akeredolu who doubles as the Chairman of the South West Governors Forum advocated that all states in the country should be allowed to secure its space.

He said that “The primary responsibility of any government is the security of lives and property of its citizens. “We are of the firm belief that it is high time the police central command became devolved to the federating units for effective monitoring.

“We have been relentless in advocating for the establishment of state police. There can be another way if we are indeed serious about securing lives and property.

“It is this incongruity which propelled the southwest governors to form a Regional security Network codenamed Amotekun.

“The ultimate is to convince others to understand that devolution of authority is inexorable. Every state must be allowed to secure its space. Akeredolu said that Amotekun in the region had done very well in their short time of existence.

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“It has been able to work within the law establishing it. Its operations and successes recorded justify its establishment. The chairman reassured the people of the region of the governors’ readiness to protect lives and property in the states.

“We are not paying mere lip service to this avowal. It is a priority. There cannot be prosperity in an unsecured environment.

Akeredolu also said his administration would continue to justify, with more vigour, the trust given by the people.

“The second term for us is not a time for relaxation. We are not under any illusion that it will be easy. We are, however, ready to proceed on the journey with renewed enthusiasm and vigour,” he said.

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