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April 25, 2024

Ondo gov primary : Businessman, Akinnodi emerges ADP candidate

Ondo gov primary : Businessman, Akinnodi emerges ADP candidate

Ayodeji Akinnodi

…promises to sustain Awolowo’s legacies

By Dayo Johnson, Akure

A businessman, Ayodeji Akinnodi, has emerged as the candidate of the Action Democratic Party, ADP, in the November 16 governorship election in Ondo state.

Akinnodi emerged through consensus as the leadership adopted him as the candidate of the party.

The leadership of the party described Akinnodi as a man of competence and impeccable character, who is ready to change the narrative of the state.

The party’s governorship primary election was held at Alagbaka, where elected delegates of the party unanimously adopted Akinnodi, and ratified him as the candidate of ADP.

The exercise was witnessed by the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Nigeria Police and other security agencies.

Speaking after his adoption, Akinnodi highlighted his plans to sustain and emulate the legacies of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, in the field of education, health, education, security, and agriculture.

He promised to prioritize education through increased budgetary allocations, infrastructural development, and sustained public reorientation to reduce the number of out-of-school children.

The party’s candidate said he would work towards achieving economic integration and development between the states in the southwest to bring the dreams of Awolowo and other leaders to reality.

He promised to tackle the challenges of insecurity, dearth of infrastructure, unemployment among other challenges.

Akinnodi said, “Our people fought for the betterment of this place. The Awolowos, Akintolas, Abiolas fought the battles of their lives to bequeath us a land of prosperity and greatness. Yet see where we have found ourselves.

“Our parents who toil day and night to produce the food we live on, can hardly go to their farms without being hunted down like game in the jungle.

“Even in our places of worship, terrorists can invade and hack us down. Millions of able-bodied job-seeking men and women are neglected and treated like second-class citizens.

“If you don’t know someone somewhere to hold your hand to the top, you forever remain a job seeker.

“There is a dearth of infrastructure in all the sectors-health, transport, education, power, housing, name it. Available infrastructure has decayed badly because of a lack of maintenance.

“This is completely unacceptable. We cannot have this kind of unsightly situation in our land and go about as if things are normal.

“For me, this is an utter calamity that must be tackled with all might and resources at our disposal. We must end this. Apparently, this is not how a modern life should be.”

The state Chairman of the party, Samuel Oladejo, commended the members of the party for endorsing Akinnodi as the candidate of the party saying the exercise remains one of the most credible.

Oladejo said, “We are here to witness the performance of a ceremony highlighting the ADP’s fulfillment of a constitutional requirement which makes it mandatory for us to pick our governorship candidate”

He congratulated the aspirant and prayed that God almighty would see us through.