The governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria in the October 20 election, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, Tuesday received the Consul General of the United States of America in Nigeria, Jeffrey J. Hawkins accompanied by the Political/Economic Section Chief, Rolf Olson, on a fact finding and sensitisation visit to the Akeredolu Canpaign Organisation (ACO) office.
According to a statement by the organisation’s Director of Media, Publicity and Strategy, Mr. Idowu Ajanaku, “The visit afforded the American Ambassador the opportunity to familiarise with the ACN flagbearer and his team to share his views on the Nigerian democratic experience.
He expressed his pleasure to meet Akeredolu and described the aim of his visit as a way to gauge the pulse of the candidates in the forthcoming elections and level of preparedness of the electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
He said he was excited about Akeredolu candidature being former Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, President, hoping that he would replicate what Fashola is doing in Lagos if elected on October 20.”
In his response Akeredolu expressed his confidence in the level of preparedness of the ACN to win the election. He said he has almost completed the tour of all the wards and polling units in the state where he interacted with the people.
According to him, he saw a total neglect of the people, especially the rural areas which he said the American Ambassador could verify independently.
He further expressed confidence in the Jega led INEC based on their performance in previous elections, especially the recent one in Edo.
He, however, expressed fears over the role that the Police are playing so far in the state, saying, “it is disappointing.”
In fact, he called for the immediate transfer of the Commissioner of Police in Ondo State and members of the police hierarchy because they have been compromised.