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Ondo 2020: Why they want me out of power — Akeredolu

THE Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, yesterday, said his political opponents want him to be booted out of power because he is not a typical Nigerian politician.

The governor, who noted that one of his major offences is being truthful, said he has governed Ondo State like a statesman and not a politician.

He said this yesterday while hosting a group of young professionals under the aegis of ‘Young Ondo Professionals Foundation.’

Akeredolu stated, “When I leave the government, I want to live among the people. I want to retire to Owo, as a statesman because I have governed the people like a statesman. The election coming on Saturday is between a statesman and the politicians. I leave you to choose wisely.”

The governor claimed that some of the people who want him out of power once advised him to learn how to tell lies to the people because of his second term ambition.

The All Progressives Congress candidate said, “I have governed this state like a statesman, not as a politician. I have conducted myself with the fear of God. I have refused to be allowed to be railroaded into the infamy of political sloganeering. I want to return to office to build young leaders and wage war against poverty.

“One of my major offenses today is that I am too honest, truthful, and straightforward. I have been told that being straightforward, honest, sincere, and open-minded to the people whom I swore to honestly lead is an aberration in the firmament of politics.

The Ondo State governorship election has been slated for Saturday, October 10.
Akeredolu, who is the candidate of the APC, will face Eyitayo Jegede of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), among others at the poll.

Jegede is a familiar political opponent to Akeredolu, the governor defeated him to get hold of the reins of power in 2016.

Ajayi is Akeredolu’s estranged deputy who has refused to resign his post despite defecting to the ZLP.

Naija Times had reported yesterday how 10 political parties supposedly collapsed their party structures for Jegede to challenge Akeredolu on Saturday.

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