President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday applauded the achievements of the governor of Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu and called for his re-election on Saturday, October 10.
Buhari who made the appeal in a zoom message at the final campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) held in Akure said the governor deserved a second term owing to his (governor’s) indigenous approach to governance and performance within the limit of available resources.
“I have no doubt that our candidate is a good brand for the APC to market. I am particularly delighted by his original approach to governance.
“His performance within the limits of available resources is endearing. He has taken the state to a new level and on the path of prosperity.
“I inaugurated some of the projects executed by his administration which are enduring legacies.
“Today, I declare that Akeredolu deserves to be re-elected to consolidate on the good works of his first term,” he said.
Buhari who reiterated his commitment to a credible election warned candidates and their followers against thurggery, violence and utterances inimical to a peaceful exercise.
He assured the electorate of adequate security to forestall any breach of the peace by unscrupulous elements.
Urging the electorate to turn out en masse to vote on Saturday without fear of molestation, President Buhari expressed confidence that the party supporters would vote in accordance with the laws guiding the electoral process.
“I have no doubt that our candidate is a good brand for the APC to market. I am particularly delighted by his ingenious approach to governance.
“Having had the privilege of commissioning some of his projects, which I consider enduring legacies, I join you here today to declare that Governor Akeredolu deserves to be re-elected to consolidate the good work he commenced in his first term.
‘’I am not just proud of his achievements; I am confident he will enjoy the mandate of the good people of Ondo State for the second term.
‘’I have taken a special interest, not necessarily because my party is involved but because my focus and attention have been to ensure that we maximize every given opportunity to raise the bar in our collective desire to deepen democracy.’’
Buhari commended the party’s national and zonal leadership for upholding internal democracy and ensuring a hitch-free party primary and congratulated the APC family in the state for uncommon display of brotherliness, candour and doggedness.