Why we voted against Olotu-residents
From Ahmed Jimoh, Ikare Akoko.
More insight has been given why the people of Ikare-Akoko voted for a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate in the just concluded Ondo State House of Assembly election.
Baring the minds of the voters, a community leader, Alhaji Ibrahim Kilani said the people were unhappy with the performance of Mr Fatai Olotu who contested under the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Kilani, a respected community leader in Akoko said the people were angry at the APC candidate, Olotu for not living up to their expectations.
“The people of Akoko Northeast, especially, Ikare voted against the deputy speaker because of his non performance. For eight years he failed to do anything tangible for his people”.
” The people are angry with him because there is no single project he put in place. They were simply mad at him.”
“So they waited until the election time to make him realise the power of voters.”
Meanwhile, Kilani has dismissed the insinuation in some quarters that the outcome of the election was targeted at the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN explaining that the community bore no malice against the governor because of Dr. Olusegun Abraham who is also from Ikare.
According to him, the people simply voted against the incumbent deputy speaker for not representing them well.
Kilani declared that the people are aware of the various developmental projects Governor Akeredolu is executing in the constituency, especially, the Oke Alabojuto road project.
In the same manner, a vibrant legal practitioner, Mallam Gani Asiru while baring his mind on the outcome of the election posited that the election was a lesson for those who thought money buys everything all the time.
Mallam Asiru who is also the Obaja of Ijaja, Arigidi Akoko opined that Akoko Northeast State Constituency people have spoken through the ballot box.
According to him, the people showed that political parties don’t sell candidates all the time.
“Political parties should realise that their popularity cannot sell unpopular candidates. If Adewumi, who was first given the mandate was allowed to contest, he would have won with a landslide”.
He however advised the winner, Gbenga Elegbeleye of the PDP to take a cue from the failure of his predecessor and work for the people instead of himself and some few others who may want to prevent him from remembering the people who gave him their votes.