By Adekola Afolabi
As Nigeria goes to polls tomorrow Saturday, Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has urged the people of the state and the country at large to vote peacefully and shun activities that can cause breakdown of law and order.
Akeredolu particularly charged the people to eschew provocation and violence before, during and after the Saturday’s elections.
The Governor also encouraged the people of the State to rise strong and defeat the frustrations at the filling stations and the ATMs, occasioned by the fuel and naira scarcity.
Akeredolu, who spoke in a State Broadcast aired on electronic media outlets in the state on Thursday morning, equally charged all to shake off the artificial frustration and the temporary barriers on their way to choose a President who represents hope and assured brighter days ahead.
He urged the people to troop out massively and vote on Saturday, despite all the well-planned intrigues to deny them of their democratic rights and the future and prosperity of their offsprings.
“This is the time to separate the past from the future. For us in Ondo State, this is our time to vote a President who identifies with our challenges and who would help us to actualize our on-going plan for the establishment of Ondo Deep Sea Port and Massive Industrial Revolution, tackle youth unemployment, achieve our dream of State Police to solve our insecurity problem and ensure human capacity development. It is time to set a new flag and make Nigeria great”, the Governor added.
While empathising with the people, the Governor said first-hand experience as well as credible reports he has received indicated the painful and humiliating daily experiences of the people across all Commercial banks and ATM centers, as well as the queues at filling stations across the state and the entire country.
He bemoaned the experiences of the people in rural areas which he said are better imagined with the magnitude of the unpalatable experiences at the city centers.
“Recall that in the course of these circumstances, I have offered clear and unequivocal statements as our stand on this dangerous and unfortunate adventure.
“For us as a government, our stand then and even today remains the same. We are convinced that both the ill-timed Cash Swap Policy and the artificial scarcity of fuel are both lethal injections deliberately administered to demarket government, create an uncontrollable crisis in the nation, brew disaffection between the people and government and finally frustrate the 2023 general elections.
“You have witnessed the serious impacts of our administration in Ondo State in the last six years through our life changing policies, massive projects and unending activities. You have also seen our dedication as government, to our vision, mission and promises of life abundant for the good people of Ondo State.
“You have witnessed our abiding faith and confidence in the inner strength and potentials of our people. You are witnesses to the full deployment of all our God given talents, knowledge and capabilities, in service of Ondo state, to the best of our ability”, the Governor added.
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