Buhari throws support behind Akeredolu, assures free, fair election in Ondo

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Ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Ondo State, President Muhammadu Buhari, has thrown his weight behind incumbent Governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, for second term of four years in office, saying all necessary measures have been put in place to ensure peaceful, transparent and credible poll across the state.

He explained that provision had been made for adequate security to protect electorates and forestall any breach of the peace by unscrupulous elements before, during and after the exercise.

The President urged the electorate to turn out enmass to vote on Saturday without fear of molestation, stressing that his administration was committed to deepening democracy and democratic tenets across the country.

In a video message to party supporters at the grand finale of APC campaign for the Ondo governorship election, Buhari also expressed confidence that the party supporters would vote in accordance with the laws guiding the electoral process.

Urging the electorate in Ondo to vote for continuity and progress, President Buhari explained why Akeredolu deserved re-election.

”I have no doubt that our candidate is a good brand for the APC to market. I am particularly delighted by his ingenious approach to governance. His performance within the limits of available resources is endearing, just as he has taken the State to an enviable level and on the path of prosperity.

”Having had the privilege of commissioning some of his projects, which I consider enduring legacies, I join you here today to declare that Governor Akeredolu deserves to be re-elected to consolidate the good work he commenced in his first term. I am not just proud of his achievements; I am confident he will enjoy the mandate of the good people of Ondo State for the second term,” he said.

On the party’s campaign, the President said he was encouraged by the large turnout at the grand finale, noting that he had keenly followed events in the tate as regards the forthcoming governorship election.

”I have taken a special interest not necessarily because my party is involved but because my focus and attention have been to ensure that we maximize every given opportunity to raise the bar in our collective desire to deepen democracy,’’ he said.

President Buhari also used the occasion to commend the party’s national and zonal leadership, and the APC family in Ondo for upholding internal democracy and ensuring a hitch-free party primary.

The President noted that internal democracy, which was regarded as a major ingredient in the electoral process, was not merely encouraged in Ondo State but zealously nurtured.

”I salute the courage and the demonstrated capacity of the National Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee under the leadership of His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni. I thank you for conducting a hitch-free party primary in Ondo State. I congratulate the APC family in Ondo State on this uncommon display of brotherliness, candour and doggedness.

”May I, therefore, salute all other governorship aspirants who accepted the outcome of the primary election and decided to work for the success of the candidate and incumbent, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN. Their patriotic and selfless conduct shall serve as an enduring reference point in party politics. I must not fail to equally acknowledge the efforts made by Party Leaders, especially from the South West, who spared time to manage the post-primary period ahead of today,” he said.

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