Why Akeredolu Was Absent At Governorship Debate

Why Akeredolu Was Absent At Governorship DebateA group known as the Akeredolu Campaign Platform (ACP) has come out to defend the Ondo APC governorship candidate’s absence at the debate organised by Channels Television and Enough is Enough Nigeria in Akure, the Ondo state capital.

In a statement by its Secretary, Communications, Kunle Adebayo, the group stated that the APC flag bearer was not scared to ‎face the people of the state with his manifesto as insinuated by some persons.

The statement reads: “Akeredolu Campaign Platform (ACP) regrets the inability of Barr. Rotimi Akeredolu, the APC flag bearers to attend today’s Governorship debate organised by Channels Television.

“It is unfortunate that the debate is coming at a time when our grassroots rallies are at their peaks.

“As we speak, Akeredolu is tucked in the deep riverine communities of Ilaje Local Government most of which have no access to electricity to watch television.

“In view of the demand of this hectic campaign schedule, we therefore regret our inability to honour Channel TV’s call for debate within the remaining time.”

Reactions have continued to trail the absence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu at the debate.

The Debate

Candidates of the other political parties vying for Ondo State’s governorship seat on Monday reeled out their manifestos in the debate.

Channels Television’s political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, asked questions relating to the state’s economy, job provision, source of campaign funding and security among others.

olu-agunloye-sdp-candidateGiving his opening remarks about why he should be voted for and his experience that would ensure proper management of the state, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Olu Agunloye, who was a onetime Minister of Power, claimed that he was the only Minister of Power that had produced the largest amount of power (4,539 megawatts) for Nigeria.

He said that his experience is an asset that makes him the best choice for Ondo state as he is armed with economic policies that would transform the fortunes of youths in the state.

He said he would “train the young people to be job providers and not job seekers”.

On the funding of his campaign he dismissed claims that a member of the party had received funds from former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, that is facing trial.

Similarly, the Alliance for Democracy, (AD) candidate, Mr Olusola Oke, was also faced with questions regarding the funding of his campaign.

He dismissed claims that his party was being sponsored by the leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu: “It stands against logic to be sponsored by the APC who I am in opposition to. The good people of Ondo state are the ones sponsoring me,” be stated.olusola-oke

He further pointed out that his mission was to create wealth by exploring the mineral and human resources, introduce transparency and create jobs.

Paying workers’ salaries in most Nigerian states has become a nightmare to most governors and the issue was raised at the debate, with demands for his decision about possible raise in wages, considering the economic recession that has triggered high inflation rate.

He said: “The minimum wage will remain as it is until we are able to solve the problem of salary arrears”.

On the economy of the state, he said he would ensure revenue leakages were plugged.

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, a business mogul believes that having managed his business empire, he would be able to handle the affairs of the state.

jimoh-ibrahim-pdpAsked if he would be able to shoulder the demands of his business and that of the governorship position, he said: “None of my businesses can conflict with my political ambition in Ondo State”.

On reviving the state’s economy and creating jobs for the unemployed, he said: “My leadership is to create wealth. In a recession, you do not drive the economy with taxes”.

“We are going to abolish personal income tax in Ondo state and I will increase minimum wage immediately I become Ondo Governor.

“I will abolish all taxes” and increase minimum wage. He says the least anyone working for him would earn is 75,000 Naira,” he added.

The debate has offered the candidates an opportunity to let the electorates hear their policies and they will be turning out to polls on November 26 to elect a successor for Mr Olusegun Mimiko the incumbent governor.

Candidates Reel Out Manifestos In Debate Ahead Of Ondo Election

ondo-governorship-debateCandidates of some of the political parties vying for Ondo State’s governorship seat on Monday reeled out their manifestos in a debate organised by Channels Television and Enough is Enough Nigeria. 

At the debate held in Ondo State, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu was, however, absent.

Moderating the debate, Channels Television’s political correspondent, Seun Okinbaloye, asked questions relating to the state’s economy, job provision, source of campaign funding and security among others.

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Olu Agunloye says his leadership will boast of integrity, credibility and provide good governance

Giving his opening remarks about why he should be voted for and his experience that would ensure proper management of the state, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Mr Olu Agunloye, who was a onetime Minister of Power, claimed that he was the only Minister of Power that had produced the largest amount of power (4,539 megawatts) for Nigeria.

On the funding of his campaign he dismissed claims that a member of the party had received funds from former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki, that is facing trial.

On provision of jobs for the youths and other economic policies that he would implement to transform the fortunes of youths in the state, he said he would “train the young people to be job providers and not job seekers”.

The candidate of the SDP further promised to ensure that he eradicates the suffering pensioners go through to get their pay.

On his part, the candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, (AD), Mr Olusola Oke, first dismissed claims that his party was being sponsored by the leader of the APC, Senator Bola Tinubu.

“It stands against logic to be sponsored by the APC who I am in opposition to. The good people of Ondo state are the ones sponsoring me,” be stated.

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Olusola Oke said the APC where he defected from was a deceptive political party

On why he left the APC to the AD after he failed to get the support of the APC’s leaders in the primary election, he said the APC was a deceptive political party that has not been able to meet its promises of fighting internal corruption in the party’s primary election.

“I cannot be part of that deception,” Mr Oke stressed.

He further pointed out that his mission was to create wealth by exploring the mineral and human resources, introduce transparency and create jobs.

The AD candidate also highlighted that his state had the highest unemployment rate in Nigeria.

 

On whether he would accept the outcome of the election if he loses, he said: “If I happen to lose the election, I will congratulate the winner if the election was free and fair”.

Paying workers’ salaries in most Nigerian states has become a nightmare to most governors and the issue was raised at the debate, with demands for his decision about possible raise in wages, considering the economic recession that has triggered high inflation rate.

He said: “The minimum wage will remain as it is until we are able to solve the problem of salary arrears”.

On the economy of the state, he said he would ensure revenue leakages were plugged

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, a business mogul believes that having managed his business empire he would be able to handle the affairs of the state.jimoh-ibrahim-pdp

Asked if he would be able to shoulder the demands of his business and that of the governorship position, he said: “None of my businesses can conflict with my political ambition in Ondo State”.

Mr Ibrahim insisted that he was a very successful businessman and that his national honours were proofs of his qualification.

On reviving the state’s economy and creating jobs for the unemployed, he said: “My leadership is to create wealth. In a recession, you do not drive the economy with taxes”.

“We are going to abolish personal income tax in Ondo state and I will increase minimum wage immediately I become Ondo Governor.

“I will abolish all taxes” and increase minimum wage. He says the least anyone working for him would earn is 75,000 Naira,” he added.

Mr Ibrahim further promised to develop Ondo oil and build 10 gas stations.

The debate has offered the candidates an opportunity to let the electorates hear their policies and they will be turning out to polls on November 26 to elect a successor for Mr Olusegun Mimiko the incumbent governor.

Ondo APC Primaries: Three Aspirants Condemn Oyegun’s Decision

Three Aspirants Condemn Oyegun's Decision on Ondo APC Primaries:Three aggrieved aspirants in the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in Ondo State have condemned the decision of the party’s National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun, on the primaries.

The aspirants decried the alleged rejection of the recommendation of the panel of enquiry set up to investigate the outcome of the election by the National Chairman of the APC.

The panel had recommended that the election result should be cancelled and a fresh primary election conducted.

The three applicants, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, Mr Olusola Oke and Dr. Olusegun Abraham, had petitioned the APC leadership on the result of the election which produced Olurotimi Akeredolu as the party’s flagbearer in the November 2016 governorship election.

They claimed that the election was characterised by fraud, as many non-delegates voted.

However, Mr Oyegun decided to uphold the result of the election.

The aggrieved APC members said the decision prompted them to address a press conference at the press centre of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Akure, Ondo State’s capital in southwest Nigeria.

Senator Boroffice, who spoke on behalf of the aspirants, criticised the APC National Chairman for ratifying the election result, as against the opinion of other members of the National Executive Committee.


He said that as good citizens of Ondo State, they were ready and willing to abide by the decision of the people of the state, adding that they would make public their next line of actions at the right time.

On his part, Mr Oke dispelled the rumour that he had dumped the APC to contest for the election on the platform of another party.

He equally emphasised that his next move would be as a result of consultations from the people of the state.

However, Dr. Abraham was absent at the conference but his colleagues stated that he sent his apology.