The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on security services to protect voters amid heightened threats of violence by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in the lead up to the October 10 Governorship Election in Ondo State.
The threat according to the APC, was aimed at causing voter apathy in the face of the unprecedented achievements of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who is a candidate in the election.
Akeredolu, who is the governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is running for a second term buoyed by his administration’s first-term that has recorded unparalleled and multi-sector achievements, cross-partisan support and widespread acceptance by the good people of the state.
In a statement by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, the party said
it was no surprise that days to the Ondo Governorship election, “the APC continues to receive decampees mainly from the PDP, ZLP and other political parties in support of the reelection of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.”
The party further stated that using the last Edo governorship election as a benchmark, the task before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security services was to ensure that “valid votes count and the safety of the electorate is guaranteed.”
It added that the APC was well aware of the plans by the PDP and ZLP to criminally influence the outcome of the October 10 Ondo Governorship election through violence and other ignominious and tired undemocratic tactics.
“We must all be on guard to prevent this. APC’s resolve is unchanged. The will of the electorate must prevail. It is democratic and progressive.
“In critical sectors such as education, healthcare delivery, infrastructure development, security, youth empowerment and industrialization, Governor Akeredolu is positively redefining governance in Ondo State.
“Within 3½ years, Governor Akeredolu administration has taken Ondo state from zero to eight functional industries; worked on over 403 kilometers of roads; renovated 660 schools; rehabilitated 1928 rehabilitated boreholes providing portable water; generated over N2.2 billion internal revenue, representing 300% improvement from previous administration; cleared seven months salary backlog owed workers by his predecessor; upgraded the state’s security apparatus which has also benefited the South West zone and neighbouring Niger Delta states; ensured judicious use, probity and accountability of the state’s resources and ensured even spread in the allocation of state resources and projects,” he stated.
The party said Governor Akeredolu’s administration had attracted multi-billion naira local and foreign direct investments to the state creating massive employment and boosting the state’s economy; signed into law, a contributory health insurance scheme which had enabled all classes of people in the state access to affordable health care services; successfully domesticated and was implementing the diversification and agriculture drive of the APC government through training, capacity building and a Public Private Partnership which “is gainfully engaging thousands of farmers and allied service providers.”
The APC, according to Nabena, thanked supporters, members and leaders, particularly governors and president for standing firm and in unity behind the party’s governorship candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu.
“We urge the Ondo Electorate to come out en masse and vote for Governor Akeredolu who is returning Ondo State to its deserved standing and consolidating on the landmark and progressive legacies of the late Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin, the first civilian governor of the state.”