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Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya
Bello, on Sunday, expressed his support for the governorship candidate of the
All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN),
urging the state to align with the change agenda of the party.

The governor, who spoke through his
director general of media and publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, said the November 26,
2016 election in Ondo would further confirm the acceptance of the APC as the
party that rescued the nation from ruins and collapse.

He described Akeredolu as a “great
Nigerian, seasoned administrator and a leading figure in the defence of
democracy,” urging all the people “not to miss the opportunity of having Aketi
at the helms of affairs in the state in order to have guaranteed development
and progress.”

He said: “What we are witnessing in
Nigeria in terms of economic recession was occasioned by the mismanagement of
the past.  But, the President is
determined to face the challenge and return the nation to the path of greatness
and prosperity.

“Ondo State should be in the
mainstream of our national revival. The election is about hope for a greater
Ondo State. The election is about the managerial acumen to improvise and
generate new ideas for economic recovery. Akeredolu is the man for the big job.

“We stand with Akeredolu. We stand
with the national leadership of our great party. Together, we shall salvage the
nation. APC is a united front and we shall continue to serve the Nigerian
people.”

The governor urged the people of
Ondo to defend their votes against any form of sharp practice, expressing hope
in the capacity of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and
security agencies to ensure free, fair and credible poll in the state.

“We have been following the
political events in the state. So far, Akeredolu has shown commitment and great
capacity for leadership in a period as this. It is unfair to blame APC for the
recession we are experiencing. When you change the change, you change to
corruption.

“The corruption of the past has
brought us to this stage. APC is working hard to rebound the nation. We lost a
lot of investments to the North-East crisis. People were afraid of coming into
the nation to invest. And the people, who were saddled with the responsibility
of procuring arms to prosecute the war against terrorism, shared it. They
didn’t care about the lives that were lost.

“APC is not giving excuses but
hope. The Edo people refused to change the change because they know the danger
of bad leadership. Ondo State should borrow a leaf from Edo State. Change is
the way to progress.”

Bello urged the youth in Ondo to
shun violence in the build-up to the election, saying politics should not be
played with the blood of innocent people, just as he urged all political
parties to market their manifesto to the people.

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