By Ojo Oluwafemi
Akure, Sept. 12, 2020 The Wife of Ondo State Governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, on Saturday received many new persons who pledged allegiance to the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Oniparaga Ward 9 in Odigbo local government area of the state.
The new members, who hitherto belonged to six political parties, according to the governor’s wife will boost the re-election bid of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu.
Mrs Akeredolu, who received them under the platform of Non-Indigene Coalition at Oniparaga town hall, said the first four years of Gov. Akeredolu attracted numerous achievements.
She said that the achievements were in infrastructural development, worker’s welfare and creating enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
“In the past, non indigenes always complained of negligence and marginalisation.
“But the present administration under the leadership of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu accommodates non indigene by giving them appointments for equitable sense of belonging.
“I am a one of you, a non indigene, but became an indigine by marriage. So, this is a very strong message here, a demonstration that non indigenes in ondo state matter a lot, especially in election process.
“We quite understand non indigene vote goes a long way during voting process and that is the reason I am here to seek for your support.
“We want your vote for Gov. Akeredolu and I can assure both the new members and everyone here that you will not regret it.
“Recently, we initiated the first of its kind registration of non indigenes online that will capture the real figure.
“This will help us to identify whatever challenge they feel government can be of assistance to improve their lives,” she said.
The wife of the governor commended them for choosing the right path of progressive government in the state and assured them that everyone would benefit as it was all inclusive government.
A prominent member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Oniparaga Ward 9, Mr Chika Eze, was said to have cross carpeted to APC with no fewer than 300 followers and were received by Mrs Akeredolu.
Eze said that Oniparaga has more than 15,000 voting capacity thus becoming largest voting area in Odigbo Constituency II.
Eze said that they decided to joined the APC because of the numerous achievements of Gov. Akeredolu in the last four years.
“We hereby throw our weight behind Gov. Akeredolu in making sure that the good works he started continue by contributing our quota to his re-election into office for a second time,” Eze said.
Mr Nweke Emmanuel from Action Democratic Party (ADP), said that he led others to join the progressive family with a view to moving the state forward.