Ipele, Uso, Isuada, Iyere, Emure reject Akeredolu, back Jegede, PDP candidate promises security, good roads, reduced fees, education, agriculture as APC thugs attack PDP members
By Aare Abiodun Oluwarotimi, Nigerian Concord Newspaper
The ambition of the PDP candidate for the forthcoming October 10 governorship election in Ondo state, Barrister Eyitayo Jegede SAN, yesterday received massive supports from the monarchs and people of Ipele, Uso, Isuada, Iyere, Emure all under Owo local government where the present governor of the state, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, hails from.
The people of Ipele, Uso, Isuada, Iyere, Emure, and other towns in Owo local government who spoke with one voice at different campaign venues openly rejected Governor Akeredolu for marginalizing them since he got to power in 2017.
They said the governor is only paying attention to his home town, Owo, at the expense of other towns within the same Owo local government.
Especially in Uso, the people lauded Eyitayo Jegede for all his supports to the area in term of capital projects when he was the Chairman of the Tenders Board under the Eight years administration of former governor Olusegun Mimiko.
They said it was the PDP candidate that made it possible for the town to get enough capital projects under the immediate past administration.
The people of Ipele, Uso, Isuada, Iyere, Emure and others however promised to work for his emergence as governor of the state during the October 10 governorship election.
They hoped that Jegede will surely do more capital projects for them when he becomes governor of the state in February next year.
The people also promised to shun financial inducement from Governor Akeredolu and the APC, and vote for the right candidate, Jegede, during the election.
Also, the monarchs in Iyere, Isuada and Uso of Owo local government area promised to join hands with Eyitayo Jegede, urging the PDP candidate not to abandon their towns like the present government is doing.
Meanwhile, residents of Ipele in Owo Local government area of Ondo State, the country home of the mother of the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Eyitayo Jegede, SAN received the guber candidate amid pomp and pageantry.
The Olupele of Ipele kingdom, Chief Sanni Raji Olujashe who alongside other chiefs received the entourage in his residence attest to the obedient and respectful nature of the candidate.
“He’s our good son in whom we are well pleased, we are solidly behind him”, the monarch said, outlining the needs of the town that range between ultramodern palace, resuscitation of moribund health and educational facilities.
In his separate campaign speeches, Jegede who appreciated the monarchs and people of Ipele, Uso, Isuada, Iyere, Emure for their supports reiterated his resolve to run an administration that will address the problems of the people by proffering solutions to them.
He mentioned that his administration will not forget any town in Ondo state as the state will experience a positive change during his tenure.
He urged them to translate the amazing love they have for him to vote come 10th of October as he will never abuse the trust invested in him.
The PDP candidate reminded the people about the affordable tuition fees of tertiary Institutions during the last administration of the PDP in Ondo state, saying that his own administration will slash the high tuition fees which had been imposed on poor parents by the present government of Arakunrin Akeredolu.
On agriculture, Jegede promised to ensure food security by giving helping hands to farmers in Ondo state. He said his administration will help farmers in various ways and as well give them soft loans to boost their work.
He also promised massive infrastructural projects across Ondo state without marginalizing any town. He stressed that administration will deploy an innovative approach to infrastructural development in the state.
He also said that his administration will ensure security and safety for lives and properties of the people of Ondo state and as well embark on empowerment programmes by providing interest-free and micro credit loans to market women, artisans, farmers and youths.
On job and wealth creation, Jegede promised skill acquisition programmes, pragmatic approach to youth in agriculture programmes and talent discovery initiatives.
On health, the PDP candidate condemned the way pregnant women in the state have to pay through their noses before they can get any medical attention in any government hospital, promising that he will return health care services back to what they were used to be under the administration of Dr. Mimiko.
In a related development, some hoodlums working for Governor Akeredolu and the APC campaigns council in Ondo state yesterday attacked the campaign train of Barrister Eyitayo Jegede at Ipele-Owo, leaving several PDP supporters with various degrees of body injuries.
A press statement by the Eyitayo Jegede campaigns Organization condemned the attacks, saying that Governor Akeredolu is only promoting violence prior to the October 10 governorship election.
According to Eyitayo Jegede campaigns Organization, police authority in the area provided supports for the APC thugs by arresting some PDP supporters who had already sustained serious body injuries from the attacks.
The statement reads: “We use this opportunity to inform the general public that the APC-led government of Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu has continued its pursuit of promoting violence in this election.
“Our campaign team was yet again attacked by members of the APC in Ipele who had blocked access to the palace of the king and the maternal home of the PDP candidate in a bid to deny him access to both places earlier scheduled to be visited by Mr. Eyitayo Jegede SAN.
“Prior to our entry into Ipele, touts and miscreants under the APC had unleashed terror on our members with several casualties. These miscreants were dispersed by a joint team of police and NSCDC officers. The DPO of Ipele is alleged to have not only supervised the assault but also arrested six members of the PDP including the youth leader whose hands had been broken by the attackers and beaten to a coma.
“We would like to warn the APC and its outgoing government to know very clearly that no single individual has the monopoly of violence. While we are very cautious about the broad implication of promoting violence in this election, we however would not be intimated in our pursuit of victory in at the polls.
“For the records, the Divisional Police Officer in Ipele Police Station is hereby reported to the police authorities for gross negligence of his duties to protect the people and collusion with the APC to harass and intimidate our members. We also call for the immediate and unconditional release of our members who were arrested and are being detained on the orders of the DPO and may be charged by the police on trumped up charges.
“We also call on the police authorities to warn its officers to abide by the rules and not to serve as agents of provocation in the hands of this government”