By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Wednesday asked the people of Oyo State to cast their votes for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state for the March, 9 election, Chief Adebayo Adelabu and the House of Assembly candidates.
The governor who gave the charge in a statement by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Bolaji Tunji to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari on his reelection for second term in office declared that there is the need for the people of Oyo state to leverage on the APC victory at the centre.
According to Governor Ajimobi, “the interest and development of Oyo State will be guaranteed when we remain with the party at the centre, judging from past experience. I’m therefore appealing to the people of the state to entrust the APC with their mandate to continue the unprecedented legacy projects.”
“My appeal to the good people of Oyo State is to please cast their vote for the APC in next Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections. This will enable us to leverage on the party’s victory at the centre.. Oyo State cannot afford to fall into the hands of the opposition. We have laid a solid foundation for the rapid socioeconomic development of our state and we should not wittingly take steps that will halt the momentum.” he said.
Governor Ajimobi emphasized that President Buhari no doubt recorded landslide victory over his major challenger, Alhaji Atiku Abubaka of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) saying, ” President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election for another four years was a referendum in support of integrity, good governance and the fight against corruption.”
“The victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the face of odds and inexplicable desperation by the opposition to wrest the government at the centre gladdens my heart. It is accessent and our great party, the APC, stand for and have been pursuing vigorously in the last four years”.
Commending the people of Oyo state for their steadfastness and support for the APC over the years, which puts a question mark on the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party in the presidential election result in the State, the governor expressed gratitude to the people for ensuring the emergence of nine out of 14 House of Representatives candidates of the party and two senatorial seats out of three, which he said would give the state a strong voice in the National Assembly.
He then assured that as the father and leader of the party and the government, the governor said he had taken his contestable loss of Oyo South senatorial election to the opposition in his stride, describing it as a sacrifice for the larger interest of the state, saying, ,”,in spite of losing the Oyo South Senatorial District, he remains undaunted, vowing to lead the party into victory in the governorship and Assembly elections on March 9.