…parleys Igbo, Hausa and Ibira communities
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State has expressed its readiness to join hands with the Kogi State chapter to ensure victory for the party, during the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi.
The Chairman of the party in Ondo State, Engr. Ade Adetimehin, dropped the hint in Akure, when he led the State Working Committee in a parley with the leaders of Igbo, Hausa, and Ibira communities, at the State Secretariat.
Adetimehin said: “the State would constitute a comprehensive committe of members of the State Executive Committee, and representatives of the various communities in the State that will join our brethren in Kogi State.”
The party boss explained that the whole duty of the committee was to boost the morale of the party members in Kogi State; work assiduously with them to retain the State for APC.
The governorship election in Kogi State comes up in few weeks’ time.
Adetimehin, according to a statement by the State Publicity Secretary, Comrade Alex Kalejaye, appealed to the various communities to overlook whatever “unhealthy behaviour or attitude” that might have been exhibited by either party stalwart, or agents of the government.
The party chairman enumerated some of the measures taken by the APC-controlled government to give the non-indegenes sense of belonging.
“Appointing Special Assistants to Mr. Governor from all the communities; appointing supervisors and executive members of the party are all done to promote oneness.
“There can’t be us without you; you are very important to us. I urge all to imbibe the culture of always defending the good image of this party; let us not destroy ourselves behind each other”, he counselled.
He said the Ondo APC regards the non-indegene as fellow citizens of the state, adding, “and we feel you are entitled to whatever benefits available.”
Earlier, spokesmen for the communities had commended the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, for the uncommon transformations that have been witnessed under his leadership.
They said every resident of the State would benefit from projects executed to make life easier by the government, irrespective of the tribe.
The groups lamented what they called lack of recognition of their contributions by some party leaders and appointees of the governor.
They urged the party chairman to “appeal to Mr. Governor to increase the level patronage to the non-indegene in the State, so they can feel the government the more.”
“Governor Akeredolu is working, no doubt about that. Once a governor is performing, other things will follow. We need to embrace people and give them sense of belonging. We need government patronage, and we feel we should pass it through the party”, the said.
Alhaji Abdullahi Bala spoke on behalf of the Hausa community; Comrade Tenuche Abdulfatai on behalf of the Igbira community; while Comrade Raymond Ewenrem spoke for the Igbo Community.