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1000 sportsmen, women march for Aiyedatiwa

By Jubril Bada

Ahead of the forthcoming primary election in Ondo State, members of People United By Sports (PUBS), former Sports Commissioner, Bamidele Ologunloluwa and about 30 sports in the State have rallied support for the State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

The sports community led by the former Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development in the state, Mr Bamidele Ologunloluwa, at the rally organised and anchored by the PUBS, said they resolved to embark on the solidarity march for the incumbent governor, based on his contributions to sports development when he was the deputy governor and chairman, interim management committee for Sunshine Stars and Sunshine Queens.

The rally tagged: 1,000 men and women in sports took place at First Bank roundabout in Akure, and ended at the Ondo State Sports complex Akure.

The 30 sports included; Football teams such as Sunshine Stars and Sunshine Queens, members PUBS, boxing, swimming, Ayo Olopon, Judo, Tennis, Table Tennis, Badminton, Karate, Basketball, Handball, Teqball, Hockey, Athletic, Gymnastic, Wrestling, Darts, Cyclist, Volleyball supporters club and many others.

In a chat with newsmen, the President of PUBS, Seun Betiku, said the essence of the rally was to show support and solidarity for Governor Aiyedatiwa, explaining that he is always supporting sports and has done a lot for them, and if given the chance, will do more.

Betiku disclosed that the purpose for the walk was to show the support and solidarity of Sports community for Aiyedatiwa,  saying they are supporting him because he has performed creditably well in the last few days in office.

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He said “Aiyedatiwa was with us as the interim management committee chairman when we were about to relegate, we knew what he did, he pulled us (Sunshine Stars) out of the relegation zone, we appreciate what he did and we know he will do more if given the chance.”

Also speaking, former Commissioner for Youth Development and Sports, Bamidele Ologunloluwa said Aiyedatiwa had paid his dues for Sportsmen and women to show the level of support and want him to continue.

Ologunloluwa said Aiyedatiwa, while he was the Deputy and Acting Governor, had showed that he understood the terrain, always present at any sports festival and always expressly approving budgets for athletes to represent the state both in and outside the state.

In their reactions, a trustee of PUBS, who is also the immediate past Chairman of House Committee on Finance and Appropriations in Ondo State, Sunday Olajide and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Gender Matters, Olamide Falana, described Governor Aiyedatiwa as the best man for the job.and urged all to support him to get the party’s ticket

Chairman of professional coaches Association in Ondo State, Mr Joshua Ogunbiyi disclosed that they decided to support the incumbent governor because of what he had done in terms of sports development.

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