BY DAPO AKINREFON
IT was a beehive of activities in the ancient town of Okitipupa, in Ondo State where party loyalists of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP had converged for a rally to kick-off Dr. Olusegun Kokumo Agagu’s Ondo South senatorial campaign.

CAMPAIGN—From left: Dr. Olusegun Agagu, his wife, Olufunke, former Chief of Naval Staff, Akin Aduwo and Chairman, NICON Group, Jimoh Ibrahim at the launch of Agagu’s senatorial campaign in Okitipupa, Ondo State.

The rally, which coincided with the 63rd birthday of former governor of the state, was an avenue for the PDP to welcome decampees from the Labour Party in the state.

The ceremony attracted topnotcher of the party across the state and neighboring South West states.

Dignitaries like former governor of Osun State, who is also vying for the Senate in his state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; business mogul, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim; Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Kingsley Kuku; Chief Ademola Adegoroye, state Chairman of the party, Dr Tayo Dairo; Pius Akinyelure, Agboola Ajayi, Admiral Akin Adunwo and Solomon Oladunni among others thronged Okitipupa, venue of the rally in solidarity with the former governor.

Agagu is contesting for the Ondo South Senatorial seat having defeated Senator Hosea Ehinlanwo and others to get the ticket.

Also on hand to add colour to the event was music maestro, Fatai Rolling Dollars, who thrilled the audience with his popular hit song “won kere si number wa.”

Party chieftains present at the event, in their solidarity messages were unanimous in describing Dr Agagu as experienced, qualified and tested politician.

Kuku, who described Agagu “as tested, trusted and the best candidate for the position,”declared that the former governor had the support of President Goodluck Jonathan, but was quick to urge people of the district to vote for him in appreciation of his achievements while in office.

Also, Prince Oyinlola said: “There is no experience that he (Agagu) does not have at his disposal and I am sure that he will represent you well in the Senate. There is no one capable of occupying the seat other than Agagu.”

On his part, Mr Ibrahim, who is also a member of the PDP, posited that “Agagu is the best that we can present from this district.”

He, however, boasted that candidates of other political parties in the race were no match for the PDP candidate.

Ibrahim who spoke in Yoruba language said: “Agagu, a former governor, a former university lecture, a former federal minister is contesting election with chairman of a local government area. I want to congratulate him ahead of victory. I want everybody in this district to know that the forthcoming elections cannot be rigged. One thing is certain, Agagu will not forget us when he gets there.”

Presenting the one-time Minister of State for Power and Steel with the party’s flag, Ondo State Chairman of the party, Dr Tayo Dairo said with the caliber of Agagu, the election in the southern senatorial district was as good as won.

He enjoined people of the district to appreciate all that he did for them while he was governor, just as he rertated the need for them to come out en mass to vote during the election and to guard their votes.

On his part, Dr Agagu, said the Senate was the highest decision making body in the land and to get the best for the people of the state from Abuja, there was need to present “our best in terms of experience, clout and commitment.”

He criticized the incumbent senator representing the area, saying the eight years he spent in the Senate was a waste.

He argued that he was a tested achiever who had done it before and was ready to do it again if given the opportunity to serve in the Senate.

Listing his agenda for the Senate, he said he intended to ensure the resuscitation of the OKLNG project, construction of Ugbo_Oghoye road, construction of Agadagba Obon_ Arogbo bridge and the provision of 230 KVA Substation for the Southern Senatorial district.

Aside, he promised to see to the construction of Phase 11 Omotosho Power Plant 600MV, reconstruction of Shagamu_ Benin Expressway, maintenance of Ore_ Okitipupa and Ore Ondo roads with possible upgrade.

While he intends to work for the establishment of a permanent site for the Naval Base at Adagbakuja and comprehensive water supply scheme for the coastal riverine areas, the former governor also promised to ensure that abandoned Federal Government rural electrification projects were completed. He also pledged to pursue the enactment of good laws for the peace and progress, not only for his senatorial district, but for the country.

Aside reeling out his achievements while in office, he criticized the present administration for abandoning some of the projects initiated by his administration.

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