The endorsed governorship aspirant, Dr. Olusegun Abraham (3rd right), flanked to his right by Chief Olorunsola Adesoji, a Former Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria ( ACN ), and Dr. Adegbenro, a former Commissioner for Health in Ondo state; to his left are Comrade Sola Iji, a former Chairman of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and former gubernatorial aspirant in Ondo state, Prince Olu Adegboro, a former Ondo Commissioner for Education and Member of President Buhari Inauguration committee, Chief Akinigbagbe, a former Ondo Commissioner for Agriculture and Mama Animola, a former AD Woman Leader and present APC Mother, at the event where Olusegun Abraham was adopted as the flag bearer of the APC in the Ondo 2016 election by the formidable group of longstanding APC members from AD, Action Congress and the ACN, on Monday, 23rd of May, 2016.
The classic and founding members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, who have been loyal members of the party right from the Alliance for Democracy (AD), to the Action Congress (AC) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), have thrown their weight behind the gubernatorial aspiration of Dr. Olusegun Abraham, adopting him as the candidate they will work with and work for to win the Party’s gubernatorial ticket at the Primaries, and to unseat the PDP government in the state come November 26, 2016.
Speaking on behalf of the formidable group at the gathering where the adoption was made public on Monday, 23rd of May, 2016, at the Ile-Oluji residence of a leader of the group, Chief Olorunsola Adesoji, a former Party Chairman and former gubernatorial aspirant in state, Comrade Sola Iji, said the decision to pick Olusegun Abraham came after an assessment and consideration of the aspirants for a grueling 7 months. He said the five cardinal parameters of consideration were acceptability, eligibility, sellability, sincerity, and integrity.
“The unanimous decision to adopt the candidacy of Dr. Olusegun Abraham was finalized on the 30th of March this year, after we confirmed from assessment that he is the only candidate that excelled in all the parameters of consideration”.
“Among the gubernatorial aspirants contesting for the ticket of our party, it took us some time to come to the carefully thought-out decision to support the aspiration of Olusegun Abraham to serve Ondo state. We have informed the party and also mandated them to identify with this decision”. Comrade Iji stated.
A party leader in the group and respected elder statesman, Pa Chief Olorunsola Adesoji, who is also a former Chairman of the ACN, corroborated the group’s decision by describing Abraham as the only candidate with the experience and ability to truly transform the state.
“We know him, we trust him, his humility, philanthropy and longstanding loyalty to progressive politics right from the AD days are added characteristics that Olusegun Abraham possesses over the other aspirants. We haven’t had anybody who is an international businessman at the helm of affairs in this state before. We now have the opportunity to have such in Olusegun Abraham”.
Pa Adesoji added, “Abraham had mastered the ability to generate sufficient revenue to break the yoke of poverty in this state and remove the dependence on Abuja revenue which seems insufficient at the moment…. I mean, Olusegun Abraham has come to tell us the welath-generating potentials of this state, things that have been unseen to most of us, even past leaders alike. We believe he is the right man to serve Ondo and lead her into her blessings.
In his response, a clearly overwhelmed and grateful Abraham, who constantly says his is a mission and not merely a political ambition, was profuse in his appreciation of the members and promised to do all he can to make the dream of a prosperous Ondo state come to life.
“I thank you for choosing me. You’ve done this not just for me, but also for Ondo state. I appreciate the fact that you chose to identify with the mission to take Ondo to a truly prosperous level where no one will be left out in the experience of blessings from the fruits of practical governance. The mission is to transform Ondo from a third world state to a first class state worthy of emulation for other states”.
He went further to laud the group, saying, “..without your long-serving support, your longstanding diligence, your loyalty, your patience, your consistency and dedication from the scratch, there will be nothing like the APC today. This your informed decision to stand by me and by Ondo state out of the generosity of your goodwill attests to your desire to support true governance, and by God’s grace, we will togateher achieve a better Ondo state.
Speaking to Journalists after the event, Abraham said that apart from his high acceptability amongst the party faithful and Ondo people in all the 18 LGAs, he said another thing that informed the decision of the members is the desire not to only win the Primaries, but to have a sellable candidate who is experienced enough, a renowned industrialist, and who has the independent financial ability, to win the main election come November.
The group is comprised of prominent party elders, former state Party chairmen, a host of party faithful, past and present local government and ward excos, youth leaders, and staunch party leaders in all the 18 Local governments areas in the state, and they all promised to work for the candidacy of Olusegun Abraham so well that the Primaries in September will be a near formality.
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