The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) has distanced himself from campaign posters insinuating his presidential ambition in 2023.
The posters, which have gone viral on social media, contained pictures of Akeredolu and the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, with the logo of the All Progressives Congress.
Richard Olatunde, his Chief Press Secretary,in a statement however said Akeredolu had nothing to do with the “pseudo campaigners.”
“In the last two weeks, campaign posters and fliers urging Governor Akeredolu to contest the next presidential election have dotted a section of the social media.
“The latest poster depicted an Akeredolu/Buni joint APC ticket. Alhaji Mai Mala Buni is the governor of Yobe State and doubles as Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.
“Undoubtedly, development is no less a needless distraction. Even though Mr Governor’s constitutional right, qualification and competencies are not in doubt, this particular campaign does not represent in any manner, his immediate political disposition.
“For emphasis, Governor Akeredolu who has just been re-elected wishes to be left to focus on deepening good governance in Ondo State,” the statement read.
Earlier, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State and Chairman Governing Council of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, (RUGIPO), Banji Alabi, has urged Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State to run for President in the 2023 election.
Alabi said Governor Akeredolu possesses all the qualities of a Nigerian President and the country needs a strong character and performing leader like him to govern.
In a statement released on Sunday, the lawyer noted with satisfaction the performances of Akeredolu in fighting security challenges through the creation of Amotekun Security Network in the South West geo political zone and creation of jobs through establishment of industries.
Alabi in the statement titled, “Akeredolu: introducing our next president” addresed to the Governor said “there is no one else to come to our rescue except you. You fought to keep us alive when our people were being slaughtered like rams on the street, farms, in our homes and villages for no reason, when our women and mothers were being raped and kidnapped for ransoms.
“I can’t imagine how it would have been, if the Southernern Nigeria Governors forum under your able leadership had not created the alternative force and balance of power to provide a platform to other Nigerians who are not in agreement with the marauding and implacable enemies, whose main agenda is to cause genocide , take over our lands, turn us to slaves and second class citizens in our own land.
“The year 2023 is around the corner. The hour is near when we shall call on you to make us proud. Your training has prepared you for the office of the President. Your services to the Nation as Chairman of Southern Nigeria governors forum will give you the necessary edge and advantage. Your honor will guide you.
“You believe in Nigeria, and Nigerians believe in you. We seek peace in Nigeria. We must strive for it. And at all time it must be defended. A future lived at the mercy of terrorist , bandits and terrible threats is no peace at all.
“We cannot be silent about the situation of our nation anymore. We have a right to live in peace, to pursue our dreams and be the best that the Lord created us to be. We have alternatives to our poverty as a people. We have alternatives to the insecurity of lives and prosperities in our Nation: We have alternatives to unemployment – Akeredolu knows how to create wealth.
“Apart from the administration of the late Chief Michael Adekunle Ajasin in the Second Republic, which established many industries that are now moribund due to neglect by successive administrations, no administration, whether military or civilian, has ever made such transformational changes in the state’s economy like our own Aketi.
“One remarkable gain of the Aketi government that requires advancement at the national level is industrialisation. Industrialisation is a potent strategy for the expansion and development of any economy.”