By Adekola Afolabi
The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has said the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, represented what Nigerians desire at this present time.
Obi described Governor Akeredolu as a leader who speaks the truth at all times no matter the consequences.
The Presidential candidate spoke on Tuesday during a condolence visit to the Governor at the Presidential Lodge, Government House, Alagbaka, Akure.
Obi, who said things were going wrong in the country because people choose to keep quiet and commended the Governor for speaking up for the people.
He charged Akeredolu to continue to take every necessary step to protect his people, adding that the Governor is doing the right thing.
Obi condoled the Governor on the demise of his mother, Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu JP, praying God to grant her eternal rest.
“Most important thing worthy of mention, it is not politics, and I urge you to continue in that direction. You represent one of those things Nigerians desire, ability to speak the truth no matter the consequences.
“What is lacking in Nigeria is that we choose to keep quiet when things are going wrong. You have a man here who always speaks when things are going wrong, and I urge you to continue”, he added.
Obi equally used the occasion to commiserate with the Governor over the sad incident at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, where 41 people were killed and several other injured by criminal elements.
He supported Governor Akeredolu on his move to arm the Amotekun Corps, saying the governor must continue to do his best to defend his people.
“Arm those special security people. Take every step to protect your people, it is important and it is your duty. I’m happy that you are speaking out always when necessary. May God Almighty continue to be with you and bless all of you”, the LP Presidential candidate said.
In his response, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, appreciated Obi and his entourage for finding time to visit him, saying he and Obi have come a long way.
Akeredolu who explained that what happened on June 5 at St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, where 41 people were killed and several others injured was horrendous, as unexpected and uncommon, especially in the Southern part of the country.
“How do you come into a place of worship, you did not kidnap anybody, you did not take a penny. You only came with the sole aim to maim and kill. At the end of the day you were able to take 41 lives. It is painful, and up till now we have not gotten out of it totally” Akeredolu said.
On the death of his mother, Lady Evangelist Grace Akeredolu JP, the Governor said she would surely be missed even though she left at the ripe age of 90 years.
He expressed joy that all of them survived her, adding that she would be given a glorious passage and befitting burial.