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2023: GOV AKEREDOLU MEETS ASPIRANTS, ASSURES THEM OF LEVEL PLAYING FIELD

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Tuesday met with aspirants vying for the tickets of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state for the 2023 general elections.

Although, Ondo State is not due for governorship election until 2025, the Senate, House of Representatives and House of Assembly elections will be held in 2023.

Governor Akeredolu, who met with the aspirants at the Cocoa Conference Hall of the Governor’s office, assured them of a level-playing ground.

He harped on the need to promote unity within the party, calling on the aspirants to allow the leadership of the party to drive the process.

Governor Akeredolu also warned serving lawmakers who have not performed in their constituencies and senatorial districts to reassess themselves before contesting for the party’s tickets again.

“Self assessment is key. Go and assess yourselves. I have come here to appeal to all of you that we don’t all have to run into this election with a huge number. I know people have resigned. I am not filling those positions until after the election. Don’t close any option. Leave all options open. The party has a stake,” he added.

Governor Akeredolu, who noted that the party in the state is presently sailing smoothly, urged the aspirants not to heat up the polity.

The Governor added: “I can assure you that we will give a level playing field. But assess yourselves. Sit down and think. What have you attracted to your constituency or senatorial district as a senator or House of Representatives members? If you have not attracted anything, the people will be your judge.”

Earlier, the Chairman of the party in the state, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, told the aspirants that the party is guided with principles and discipline.

“This party believes in leadership and we will not joke with the tickets of the APC. No individual can win the election without the contribution of the party. I want to appeal that we must take it easy. Allow the leadership to drive this party,” the Chairman said.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
April 26, 2022.

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GOV AKEREDOLU RESUMES WORK AFTER 14 DAYS VACATION

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Monday, April 25, 2022, resumed official duties following the expiration of his 14 days Vacation.

The Governor had embarked on a 14 day vacation on April 1, 2022, as first installment of his 2022 annual leave.

When he was away, Governor Akeredolu handed over power to his deputy, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in acting capacity.

Arakunrin Akeredolu, whose vacation was refreshing, is better rejuvenated to continue his duties and responsibilities to the people of the Sunshine State.

Signed
Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
April 25, 2022.

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Imo East Senatorial Race: SouthEast Youth Leaders pledge support for Ada Owere

..say countries with increased women leadership achieve better economic growth

Youth Leaders under the aegis of Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), have announced their support for the aspiration of Imo-born First Lady of Ondo State, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, to represent Imo East Senatorial seat in the Red Chamber come 2023 general election.

In a Press Statement issued by COSEYL titled: “Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu Will Change The Narrative For Good”, the SouthEast Youth Leaders asserted that Imo East Senatorial District could be 100% sure of development if she represents the constituency at the Senate.

Read the Statement: “We Urge All To Support Her Genuine Ambition.

“The Coalition of South East Youth Leaders, COSEYL, the umbrella body of all the youth groups in the South East geopolitical zone after a careful thought-out analysis of the antecedent of our daughter Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu who after her marriage to the present Executive Governor of Ondo State, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu call on all and sundry in Imo East Senatorial District to wholeheartedly support her genuine ambition to represent the good people of the Senatorial zone at the Senate come 2023.

“From all indications, it has been proven beyond reasonable doubt that her ambition to represent her people at the red Chambers is born out of her genuine concern and compassion for her people who trained and nurtured her in school before giving out her hand in marriage.

“It is only a good daughter of the soil who has the interest of her people at heart will remember her place of birth and would genuine want to reward them for nurturing her well. This bold step by our daughter have shown that she is not an “efulafu” ( meaning a child that has lost her direction).

“Women of her kind are not easy to come by in a generation. She is a special women sent by God to be a blessing to her people and we are grateful to God for touching her to make herself available to serve humanity.

“As a woman who has the interest of her people at heart despite being married in Ondo State, she attracted the construction of a 10.5km road worth N1.6 billion from Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, and it is currently under construction. What a woman of good heart and virtue.

“Though we are non-partisan in all sense of word, but we have to say the truth when we see one because only the truth shall set us free.

“Albert Eistein, a German Jew and one of the greatest men that ever lived opined that a man’s value to the community in which he lives, depends first and foremost on the extent to which his thoughts, actions and sentiments contribute to other individual’s existence.

“Betty has shown that she is a woman who have interest to contribute to other individual’s assistance which she has demonstrated by many developmental projects that she has attracted to her senatorial zone. she sponsored no fewer than 200 girls with technological knowledge and a special focus on information and many more human capital projects.

“Of a truth, Imo East Senatorial zone has gone beyond theoritical minded people who only studied but never practiced. The constituency is in dire need of a practical oriented someone who should be able to initiate programmes and bring them to fruition. We have gone beyond the stage of bringing on board sedentary people. The constituency is fed up with people whose job description involves moving files from one table to another.

“Studies have shown that countries with increased women leadership achieve better economic growth, development and Peace. Betty’s election to the Senate will help boost Nigeria status as one of the countries making efforts to improve women’s representation in elective office. It will enable incremental growth in political representation for women.

“it is projected that closing gender gaps in Nigeria can lead to 9% GDP gains by 2025 ( Growing Economies Through Gender parity Analysis).

“We therefore urge the good people of Imo East Senatorial district to support their daughter Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu who have demonstrated that she is someone who can think out of the box to represented them at the Senate come 2023”.

Signed:

Hon. Goodluck Ibem
President General

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Ondo Govt closes prosecution in trial of Fasoranti’s daughter killers

Ondo state prosecution team led by the Hon Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Sir Charles Titiloye ksm today (Tuesday) called the last prosecution witness in the case of murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin the daughter of the Elder Stateman, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

Mrs Funke Olakunrin was killed along the Ore-Lagos highway in 2019 while in transit to Lagos.

Mohammed Shehu Usman and 3 other men/syndicates were arrested in connection with the killing following intelligence report of their nefarious kidnapping activities in the southwest geopolitical zone. They are currently facing trial before Ondo state High Court.

The prosecution team of the case before Ondo state High Court led by the Attorney General of Ondo State, Sir Charles Titiloye ksm called nine (9) witnesses on behalf of the state and tendered in evidence the confessional statements of some of the suspects to the effect that they were involved in the said kidnapping activity that led to the death of Mrs Funke Olakunrin.

Also 31 rounds of AK47 ammunition recovered from the defendants was also admitted in evidence today. The Attorney General thereafter closed the case of the state after calling the last witness of the prosecution, Mrs Asake Esq, a lawyer with legal aid Council who witnessed the taking of the statements of the four defendants by the Police from the defunct FSARS.

The husband of the deceased, Mr Olakunrin and the Medical Doctor/pathologist who conducted the post mortem examination on the deceased were amongst witnesses who have testified in the case. The driver of deceased, Mr Femi Ajayi in his evidence before the Court identified three (3) of the Defendants as part of the gang that kidnapped him and kept him in the bush for Seven (7) days after intercepting the convoy of Mrs Funke Olakunrin heading towards Lagos from Ore.

Three Police officers in the team led by S. P. Ibrahim Yusuf detailed by the Inspector General of Police to investigate the case also gave detail and clear account of how two of Defendants were arrested at a Checkpoint in Edo state with AK-47 ammunitions.

They were immediately taken to Lagos for further investigation following intelligence report linking them to series of kidnapping and armed robbery in the southwest Nigeria.

They volunteered confessional statements linking them and other Defendants to the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin while trying to kidnap her and others in her convoy of two cars.

The case has been further adjourned by Hon. Justice Olamide of Ondo State High Court (Criminal division sitting in Akure) for the Defendants to open their defence.

Signed.

Kola Adeniyi.
Special Assistant to the
Hon. Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.

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AKURE BYE-ELECTION: I HAVE NO PREFERRED CANDIDATE, GOV AKEREDOLU TELLS DELEGATES

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, on Tuesday assured delegates participating in today’s primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that he has no preferred candidate among the aspirants jostling for the ticket of the APC for the Akure federal constituency bye-election.

Governor Akeredolu, who declared that he is not supporting anybody in the primary election, encouraged all delegates to vote according to their conscience.

The Governor addressed the delegates at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park, Akure, alongside the seven aspirants and members of the election committee led by deputy Governor of Anambra State, Nkem Okeke.

Arakunrin Akeredolu urged the delegates to conduct themselves in peaceful manner to sustain the existing peace in the state and the party.

He said:”I have said it over and over again that I have no candidate. I’m supporting nobody, go and vote according to your conscience.”

The Governor warned the delegates against any form of violence , stressing that they should all cast their votes in peaceful manner.

He informed the delegates that the election 8-member committee has assured of level playing ground, adding that they will be free and fair to everyone.

Governor Akeredolu explained that the APC had conducted several primaries in the state including governorship primary that produced him without any rancour, while urging the delegates to ensure the bye-election primary is violence free.

The Governor disclosed that whoever emerges as candidate of the party during the primary would be supported by all to ensure overwhelming victory at poll.

He said he is confident that APC would emerge victorious at the February 26, 2022 bye-election.

Richard Olatunde
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
Febuary 1, 2022.

APC Primary: Ex-Gov withdraws from Imo North race

A former governor of Imo state, Ikedi Ohakim, has withdrawn from the Imo North Senatorial primary election of the All Progressives Congress which is billed to take place in the six Local Government Areas in the district on Saturday.

Ohakim, who was the governor of Imo state between 2007 and 2011, announced his withdrawal from the race in a letter addressed to the National Chairman of APC, Abdullahi Adamu, through the chairman of the party in Imo State.

The letter which was dated Friday, May 27, disclosed that the ex-governor withdrew from the senatorial race after he consulted his family and close associates.

The letter was titled “Withdrawal from senatorial primary election”

The three-paragraph letter read, “It is with the highest sense of responsibility that I write to inform you of my withdrawal from the senatorial primaries for Imo North scheduled for Saturday, May 28, 2022.

“The decision to withdraw from the race was arrived at after due consultations with my family and close associates and after a thorough review of events in the last couple of days.

“I wish to assure the leadership of our great party at all levels of my commitment to the success of the party both now and in the future.

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