Youth leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Southwest zone have lambasted the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ondo State chapter for seeking the resignation or impeachment of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN.
The Youth leaders led by the Southwest Zonal Youth Leader, Lawal Kolade, stated this in Akure, the state capital while addressing a press conference at the NUJ Press Centre on Thursday.
According to Lawal popularly known as ‘Paff’, the PDP leadership and youth wing in Ondo state are confused and dying in the state as a result of electoral defeats they had suffered in recent years in the state due to popularity of Governor Akeredolu.
The APC Youth leader noted that there is no doubt that Akeredolu is well-loved by the people of Ondo State considering their massive electoral support and prayers during his trying time, pointing out that it is however illogical for the state chapter of the PDP to be calling for his resignation or impeachment by the state House of Assembly.
Lawal said governance in Ondo State has not been negatively affected by the absence of the governor in the state, appealing to the people of the state to still exercise patience as the governor would come to the state in days time.
The APC youth leader also commended the appointment of two young ministers from Ondo State in persons of Hon Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo and Hon Ayo Olawande.
APC Youths Stand with Aketi
Ladies and gentlemen of the press,
I welcome you to this press briefing on the state of Ondo State.
“As the South West Zonal Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC),Firstly I wish to express our heartfelt appreciation to the resilient and supportive people of Ondo State for their unwavering commitment, prayers, and love shown towards His Excellency, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and his immediate family.
“We acknowledge the genuine concerns expressed by the people of Ondo State regarding the whereabouts of our beloved Governor. Your inquiries and display of care underscore your unwavering support for the wellbeing of our “Peoples’ Governor.”
“In the story of creation, even God rested on the seventh day, recognizing the importance of rest and rejuvenation. The decision of Governor Akeredolu to seek rest and adjust normal work schedule to allow him fully recover is a testament to his human nature, reminding us that even leaders are not exempted from the trials of flesh and blood. We are optimistic that he will soon make a complete recovery and physically join us.
“Recent days have witnessed remarkable progress in various projects overseen by the administration, affirming unequivocally that governance in Ondo State is robust and resolute. Some of these noteworthy achievements include:
“Payment of Salaries and Leave Bonuses: Governor Akeredolu’s administration has continued to show its unwavering commitment to workers’ welfare. We are aware that salaries are being paid up to date. Just last week, the governor gave approval for the payment of leave bonus. The administration’s commitment to good governance and the welfare of its workforce is unparalleled.
“Palliatives for Vulnerables: As part of the efforts to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal, the Governor Akeredolu’s administration has also embarked on distribution of palliatives across the 18 local government areas of the state. This, to us underlines Mr. Governor’s steadfast dedication to those in need.
“Minister of Youth Nomination: Governor Akeredolu has always shown his administration’s readiness for youth inclusion in politics and governance. The successful nomination, screening, confirmation and subsequent inauguration of Hon. Ayo Olawande as the Minister of Youth for the Federal Republic of Nigeria underscores the administration’s commitment to youth empowerment and development. We thank Mr. Governor for pushing forward one of our own.
“Youth Employment: After he returned from Medical Vacation, Mr. Governor approved the recruitment of fresh graduate and young persons into the state internal revenue services. He has also recently approved the employment of 1,000 health workers, predominantly youths. This is a significant stride towards enhancing healthcare services in the state, generating employment opportunities, and supporting the youth.
“Infrastructural Development: Several ongoing major road construction projects and other initiatives throughout the state demonstrate the administration’s unwavering commitment to enhancing infrastructure and ensuring the welfare of the people. Presently, this administration is constructing the first flyover in Akure, the state capital. It’s a major stride.
“All (but not limited to) these accomplishments serve as a testament to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s persistent dedication to the welfare of the people of Ondo State. We continue to stand firmly behind him, eagerly awaiting his return to office.
“Let’s not forget the days of Mr. Governor’s struggle for us. He stood firm and defended Ondo state and the Southwest as a whole when herdsmen went on killing spree around here. He has been a strong pillar and voice of the voiceless. We owe him this understanding and trust. He’s been a leader for all season.
“We extend our heartfelt wishes for Governor Akeredolu’s swift and full recovery, and we urge the remarkable people of Ondo State to keep him in their thoughts and prayers.Thank you all for your unwavering support. May God bless Ondo State!May God bless Nigeria,” said Lawal.