By Adekola Afolabi
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the South West Coordinator of Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council and Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has played host to the leaders of South West and North Central Artisan’s Association of Nigeria (AAN).
The artisans who gathered in their large numbers declared their support for the Tinubu/Shettima joint ticket to ensure their victory come 2023 presidential election.
The meeting was attended by the President General of Lagos, Alhaji Chief Nurudeen Buhari; Oyo, Alhaji Kolayode Amsat; Kwara, Alhaji Jimoh Adesina; Kogi, Comrade Emmanuel Gimbo;
Ogun, Artisan Anthony Ayodele; Osun, Comrade Adetunji Ezekiel; Ondo, Comrade Daisi Komolafe; and Ekiti, Comrade Julius Oluwadara.
Speaking at the meeting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, the President General, United Artisan’s Group of Ondo State, Comrade Komolafe Daisi, lauded Governor Akeredolu for his kind gesture towards the wellbeing of artisans in the state
Daisi, who used the medium to congratulate Governor Akeredolu on his appointment as South West Coordinator of Tinubu/Shettima Campaign, assured him that all the leaders and members of professionally skilled workers across the South West and North Central would give the Governor all necessary support to ensure overwhelming victory for Tinubu at the polls.
He explained that artisans across the South West and North Central came together under the umbrella body of Artisan’s Association of Nigeria (AAN), with sole aim of working with Governor Akeredolu to ensure the success of Tinubu/ Shettima joint ticket.
The President General expressed happiness that Ondo State is the first state to officially host the group.
He added that they would form a formidable force to recon with during the electioneering process and also speak with one voice in making sure Tinubu emerges the next president of the country come 2023.
In their separate goodwill messages, the President, Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans, Alhaji Nurudeen Buhari and his counterpart from Kwara State, Alhaji Jimoh Adeshina, who commended Governor Akeredolu for providing leadership in the South West and the country at large, also assured him of their readiness to give in their best for overwhelming victory of Bola Tinubu.
Receiving the artisan leaders, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, appreciated them for their belief in the Nigeria’s project, describing their support as a sign of good thing to come.
Akeredolu who was represented by his Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties, Mr Dare Aragbaiye, said Tinubu/Shettima joint ticket is a collective project which everybody must support for a better Nigeria.
He equally called for unity and togetherness among members to achieve a common goal, saying that the present administration gives priority to the welfare of all including artisan groups.
“Ondo State Governor and Ondo State government appreciate you. And I want to assure you that we need the support of all and sundry. We believe that with the support of the Almighty God, victory is assured.
“We thank you for your determination to support Mr Governor in the task ahead so that we can achieve success together. We are happy that you are showing the way, the way we should all follow”, he said.