By Dayo Johnson
Akure—AHEAD of the Saturday House of Assembly election in Ondo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu yesterday appealed to the people to avoid divisive and primordial sentiments as elect their representatives.
Akeredolu in a statewide broadcast said “This is another very important exercise; local political leaders are going to be chosen to represent our people at the House of Assembly. I appeal to you to see this exercise as a strictly family affair in which brothers and sisters, with shared heritage, and even blood affinity, will be locked in an innocuous electoral combat for the benefit of all. Our dear state will be the ultimate winner if all of us approach it in the spirit of sportsmanship. All of us will be winners and our people will be better for it.
“I enjoin you to participate, actively, without let or hindrance. The government, on its part, will ensure that adequate security is provided for all our citizens to exercise their franchise. Our people are encouraged to feel confident in their attempt to choose their leaders.
“Citizens of this state, who are of Igbo, Ebira, Hausa, Oyo and Edo extraction, as well as other minority ethnic groups, should feel free to participate in the exercise as members of this large and heterogeneous family. I appeal, passionately, that we cast aside all divisive and primordial sentiments. Ondo State is our primary place of domicile. Our allegiance to her must be unalloyed.
“The participation of the electorate in the state is limited to the election of members to the House of Assembly. The gubernatorial election is due next year. This administration encourages voters to choose candidates whose campaign promises are in tandem with its vision on infrastructural development.
Akeredolu hailed the people of the state for their exemplary conduct during the last presidential and national assembly elections.
He expressed delight that the people’s conduct during the polls portrayed them as good and responsible ambassadors of the state.
The governor also congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, on their victory in the February 23 presidential election