By Chris Chimezie
Expressing satisfaction with the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari in the past three years in office, the people of Idanre have thrown their weight behind his re-in the February 16 general polls.
The people made their intention known during Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s visit to the Palace of Owa of Idanre, Oba Frederick Aroloye in continuation of APC’s House-to-House campaign for the re-election of Buhari in Ondo State.
The shout of ‘Next Level’ and other pro-Buhari slogans rented the air by residents of the ancient town who were conspicuously elated by the arrival of the Vice President in company of Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and other APC stalwarts.
Speaking with The Hope, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Yemi Olowolabi, an indigene of Idanre, expressed happiness over the outstanding achievements of the APC-led government at all levels.
“Our people are prepared, charged and excited because they have a government that has performed, both at the local, state and at the federal level.
“In our local government, we have witnessed unprecedented development in every aspect of our lives. Even when the people saw the VP today, their excitement trippled because they know that wherever Buhari, Osinbajo and APC go, it is development all-through.
“He has come here today to visit our community and our people are excited. We have no doubt that in Idanre Local Government, we are prepared to vote massively for APC”, he said.
Also speaking with The Hope, Chairman of APC in Ondo State who is also from the town, Engr Ade Adetimehin, expressed gratitude over the Vice President’s first visit to the town.
He explained that Idanre was noted to be a progressive town right from the days of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Pa Akindeko among other notable leaders.
“Before the present administration came on board, Idanre has only one road linking it with Akure, but the Akeredolu’s government has added one, in addition to many township roads constructed with asphalt overlay.
“It is indeed, the moment of APC and Akeredolu and the people of Idanre are ever ready to reward Akeredolu’s developmental strides by voting for Buhari’s continuity in office”, he said.
Earlier, the Owa of Idanre, Oba Frederick Aroloye described Prof Osinbajo as a worthy ambassador of the Yoruba race and expressed happiness over his visit, saying the people were eager to have him in their midst.
He appealed for the construction of the Idanre-Ofosun-Benin Federal Road within the ancient town to improve the commercial activities in the area.
The Monarch also requested that a Higher Institution be sited in Idanre Local Government as well as federal appointments given to citizens of the town.
Oba Aroloye, however commended Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his unrivalled achievements within two years in office especially in the area of infrastructural development across the state including the ongoing Idanre-Akure road construction.
Responding, Prof Osinbajo thanked the Monarch and the people of the community who trooped out in their large numbers to welcome him, saying it’s a good sign of acceptance.
The Vice President also visited the palace of the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi where he enjoined people of the state to re-elect President Muhammadu Buhari whom he described as a trustworthy and honest man who would always ensure that Nigeria’s money is not stolen.
The Monarch, Oba Aladetoyinbo said the house-to-house campaign embarked upon, showed that Osinbajo did not take his success at the 2019 general elections for granted.
He further asked for a representative of Akure indigene at the federal level, a Medical School and a Teaching Hospital in the town, saying they were long-overdue.
Among other places visited by the Vice President were the Oja-Oba and Isinkan markets in Akure where he assured market women of the Federal Government’s Tradermoni to boost their businesses.