THE Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG, a pan Yoruba social cultural organisation, has thrown its weight behind the APC candidate, Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, saying he is the best among those contesting for the governorship seat.
ARG Chairman, Chief Wale Oshun, told journalists after a courtesy visit to endorse Akeredolu in Lagos that the group has always kept its tradition of endorsing the most competent candidate in all elections held in the South-West zone of the country.
His words: “Certainly, we are here to endorse him. Barrister Akeredolu has been one of us, he is one of us, he is an activist, a tested progressive and he strongly believes in the welfarist principles of the founders of Afenifere.
“What is important at this stage is that he is the one that believes in the ideology of the political philosophy of Yorubaland. He believes in the principle that had been laid down by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
“He is not just claiming it, we can identify and affirm it. He had been one of us and his party had deemed it fit to allow him to run as the candidate and because he is the best in the circumstance to rule the state. We believe we should give him our open support.”
Oshun urged Ondo electorate to cast their lot for Akeredolu and ”use their votes to install the best candidate as their governor.”
Also speaking, Akeredolu said his party is working as one political family in the state to clinch victory in the election.
He said contrary to insinuations that some APC leaders shunned his mega rally they are working together. “All of us in APC are working together now. We all are working together as a party. Even Segun Abraham has come out to ask his supporters to come and work for APC. He said so without mincing words that he has not left APC. The only thing he he said which he has a right to is that he has a matter in court and it is all right. The only way any
judgement in that regard can bring forth any fruit is for APC to win the election. So, he is with us.’
”Governor Abiola Ajimobi still called me yesterday . He came back into the country yesterday, his deputy was with us at the rally. The deputy came. We also heard information that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is still abroad attending to his health and I don’t believe that because people are not there that they are not part of the party.”