Concerned Or Confident? Ajimobi Meets Party Members Over Saturday's Election
The postponed Presidential and National Assembly elections would now hold on February 23 and Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi seems concerned about his party’s chances.
He held what his party called “a stakeholders’ forum” at the Western House in Ibadan on Tuesday, to discuss how to emerge victorious at the poll.
Ajimobi urged APC leaders and supporters to remain steadfast and faithful to the course of the party by coming out en masse to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari to consolidate on the gains of the past four years.
The governor warned against complacency, adding that the “desperation of the opposition to upset the applecart was unimaginable.’’
Ajimobi, who attended the APC NEC meeting in Abuja on Monday, said the national leadership of the party had given the state executive committees marching orders to reenergise the party’s campaigns.
He said that the APC was at peace with itself at the national and state levels judging by the huge turnout at its campaign rallies.
“The opposition has adopted all manners of subterfuge and empty rhetoric to mislead the people into supporting them without success.
“Our people have refused to buy into their deceits, hence their desperation and provocative statements.
“I want to appeal to you not to let off your guard for a moment until victory is assured in all the elections.
“We should not be complacent because the opposition is throwing everything into this election as if the world will end when, mark my word I did not say if, they lose.
“This Saturday is a day of reckoning for the PDP for its 16 years of misrule.
“After ruining our economy and creating many loopholes and leakages that has pauperised the people and enriched their friends, they are now desperate to stage a comeback,” he said.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi is one of the state governors contesting for senatorial seats, a move many Nigerians have described as the new retirement plan for governors.
He emerged candidate of the APC for the Oyo South Senatorial District election after denying the party’s incumbent senator, Soji Akanbi, a chance to re-contest for the seat.
However, Akanbi decamped to the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and the once-upon-a-time political allies will be testing their popularity at the polls on Saturday.
The governor said that he had laboured hard in the past eight years to build a new Oyo State which he said had become a pride of the citizens and the toast of investors and visitors.
“I, once again, also urge you to vote for me on Saturday to represent Oyo South in the Senate,” he said.
The battle between Governor Abiola Ajimobi and Senator Soji Akanbi who is known to be closer to the masses in the Oyo South communities is what many Oyo residents are looking forward to.
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