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Time to consolidate in S’West – APC

Posted: Apr 13, 2015 at 8:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tunde OpeseitanSnr Correspondent, Lagos
The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday, congratulated the people of South West Nigeria for electing its governorship candidates in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo.
It said that with the victory at the polls, time for consolidation “has come to the region.”

The party, also, congratulated the three governors-elect in the zone, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State and Sen. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State.
The party’s National Vice Chairman (South West), Chief Pius Akinyelure, stated this in a goodwill message to the people of the region for supporting APC during the just concluded general election.
Akinyelure, a former executive director in Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc, said the victory of Ambode signalled a season of socio-economic consolidation, which he said, became necessary due to transformation already going on in the APC-controlled states.

He also said the party’s victory “will not have been possible without the support of South-West, which stood against poor government and pushed for regime change in Nigeria,” noting that a new dawn “has started already in Nigeria.”

He explained that it “is a dawn of political stability and economic progress. Indeed, it is a dawn of new Nigeria, where people’s aspiration and yearning would be realised. It will mark a total break from diverse socio-economic indicators that threaten our indivisibility as a state and as a people in spite of our diversity.
“It will herald an order of confidence building and put an end to a culture of impunity that has become entrenched in our country. With your support, we have emerged victorious at the poll. Successfully, we have returned the APC to power in three South West states, where governorship elections were conducted.
“We have also made good progress in all South West states during the state legislative elections. We, therefore, thank the people of South West for unflinching support they gave our party during the 2015 General Election.”

He, therefore, assured that the party would make good all its promises, citing that it “has never reneged all the past promises. We have been implementing life-transforming policies programmes in all states under the control of our party. Now that our parties have been given another opportunity to rule, the APC will continue to pursue pro-people policies and programmes not just in South-West, but also in Nigeria.”
The vice chairman, however, expressed concerns over irregularities and malpractices, which he said, marred the state house of assembly election in Ekiti and Ondo states, saying the party would seek redress legitimately.  In Ondo, for instance, Akinyelure explained that the state house of election was full of irregularities and malpractices, which culminated in the supposed defeat of candidates in the party’s areas of strength, though said it was not yet over.

“We will seek redress at the appropriate time. The era of impunity has gone. Until we are proved otherwise, we keep pushing for the restoration of our stolen mandate. But we have not completed the work yet. We still have a lot of work to do in Ekiti and Ondo states.
“In Ekiti, our mandate was rigged in 2014 with the use of military officers. Even when we demanded probe into the allegation, the Presidency refused to investigate the Ekiti election rigging tape. But we keep fighting legitimately until justice is done.”