By Femi Salako
The Ondo State Gubernatorial election is done and dusted with a clear cut winner emerging among the three major contestants. Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN of the All Progressive Congress (APC) defeating the candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Eyitayo Jegede SAN and Barr. Agboola Ajayi of the Zenith Labor Congress.
While Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN of the All Progressive Congress (APC) celebrates his re-election as the Governor of the Sunshine State, there are few men whose contributions cannot go unnoticed in the victory of the incumbent Governor as they in respective rights played vital roles to secure the re-election bid of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN.
Engr Ade Adetimehin- It will be a heinous crime if we fail to give accolades to the chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ondo State. No doubt the party was able to sail to safety banking on the firm and all-inclusive leadership put in place by the State Party Leader.
He was not distracted with the various political theatrics going on in the state, and when there were indications of a divided house, he remained unperturbed as he took the bull by the horn to ensuring the victory of the party at the Guber Polls in the State.
Adetimehin, from the outset, promised to ensure sanity and discipline in the state chapter of the party and true to his words he achieved this. He provided for the governor, a strong political base and support that will eventually go on to help the Arakunrin Akeredolu SAN have a successful first tenure in power.His resolve has been to build a strong APC in Ondo State.
He is a figure that goes the extra mile, even at personal costs to enlarge the coast, seeking and bringing back to fold those who for various reasons swayed. He usually stress that there’s is need for peace in the party, and where there are issues, he moves for reconciliation to further increase the chances of victory of the party. He takes delight in the good activities of the party and he is always quick to point out and praise where members are doing excellently well in the discharge of their primary duties.
With his laudable and all inclusive leadership style, be led the party to victories in different elections in the State, Crowning it with the latest which is the victory of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN at the just concluded election, it is no gainsaying to posit that Engr Ade Adetimehin is one of the most important figures that facilitated the victory of Arakunrin Akeredolu.
Hon. Victor Olambitan- the Director General of the Akeredolu/Ayedatiwa Campaign no doubt is a key figure in the actualization of the success of the incumbent Governor of Ondo State at the Guber polls.
As the Director General of the Campaign, his task was simple and straight but however an Herculean one as he has the singular duty of harnessing the campaign’s resources towards the victory of Akeredolu. Throughout the campaign exercise, he actively ensured the active mobilization of people from the grassroots to the state level for the campaign exercise which spanned across the 18 local government areas of the state. Aside from the incumbent Governor, he was another regular face at every rally held by the campaign team, leading the team to project the good image of the Governor and his running mate Lucky Ayedatiwa to the people of each local government. He brought forth his wealth of experience as not only a politician but also an elder state man to steering the wheel of the campaign team solidly till it dropped it anchor successfully.
.Ife Oyedele- A popular face during the All Progressive Congress (APC) primary before he later became a giant figure in the campaign team of the re-elected Governor. Ife Oyedele represents one of the new breed of politician who will not allow sentiment or subjectivity rule their reasoning, his contributions to the victory if Governor Akeredolu will not be forgotten in a hurry.
First he came into the race as an aspirant who had the intention of contesting against the incumbent at the party’s primary, however upon a second thought, realizing the sheer importance and significance of what the incumbent had done in the state to advance the state, he dropped his Gubernatorial ambition to support Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN. Among the aspirants at the primaries, he was one of the aspirants who first collapsed his structure, bringing it under the campaign team of Arakunrin Akeredolu to fight for victory. Putting first the gains of the All Progressive Congress (APC) above his own personal gains, heensured that he not only collapsed his structure after the conduct of the APC Primaries where he stepped down for the governor, but also merged it with that of the Arakunrin Akeredolu campaign team. He went on to become a regular face and force which marched onto achieve its mandate at the Guber polls.
.Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun – the speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly who is also a member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) is another figure whose contribution to the success of the re-election bid of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN will be for a long time cherished and appreciated by the Governor and other party members. His case was that of an unflinching loyalty and unwavering support for the incumbent Governor.
Banking and leveraging on his wealth of experience, the lawmaker used his influence to garner the support of party members in the Ondo State House of Assembly to advance the course of the Governor. At a time when the House was shaky and the people perceived a disengagement between the Governor and the Members of the House of Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun used his leadership to steer ensure that all the party members in the house saw the need to support Akeredolu re-election bid.
It will be recalled that the Lawmaker lead other party members to purchase the nomination form and interest form for Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN in Abuja were they later presented it to the Governor. He was also seen at various times with the Governor in different Campaign Rally canvassing and urging the people to sustain continuity in Ondo State.
5. Ondo APC Legislators- The Ondo State All Progressive Congress Legislators also played prominent roles in ensuring that they canvassed for the re-election bid of the Governor. The lawmakers, elected under the platform of the ruling APC in the House raised N2.5 million for the Nomination Form.
The Ondo State APC legislators are Rt. Hon. Ogundeji Iroju, Hon. Jamiu Sulaiman Maito. , Hon. Oladiji Olamide Adesanmi,Hon. ( Dr.) Adeyemi Olayemi ,Hon. Festus Ayodele Adefiranye, Hon. Simeon Toluwani Borokini, Hon. Elegbeleye Rasheed Olalekan, Hon. Tomide Leonard Akinribido, Hon. (Prince) Akinruntan Abayomi, Hon. Akinrogunde Akintomide, Hon. Samuel E. Ademola, Rt. Hon. (Revd) Aderoboye Samuel Ademoye, Hon. Adewale Williams-Adewinle, Hon. (Dr.) Abiodun Faleye, Hon. (Eldr) Felemu Gudubankole O, Hon. Mohammed Taofik Oladele, Hon. Gbegudu Ololade James, Hon. Akingbaso Festus O, Hon. Olajide David Sunday, Hon. Oluyede O. Feyide, Hon. Olugbenga Akogun Omole, Hon. (Barr.) Torhukerhijo Success, Hon. Oluwole Emmanuel Ogunmolasuyi
.Hon. Olubunmi Tunji Ojo- Representing the people of Akoko North East and North West Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, the law maker has in no small measure prove his credibility as one of the finest and brilliant youngest lawmaker the state has ever produced.
Giving credence to the high opinions of people about him as a new breed politician, one who is intellectually driven; the young lawmaker brought a different value and taste to the Akeredolu Campaign drive.
According to him, he described his support for Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN in his re-election bid as one which is bore out of his sheer desire to see that the state is placed on the path of continuity as there is a need for the people to realize that it needs to consolidate and build on the achievements of the Akeredolu led administration.
He explained that this administration has done quite well with its infrastructural and industrial drive which must be sustained to further place the state on the path way to even development and growth.
His open declaration and support for Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN went a long way in encouraging more sons and daughters who were his followers to direct their support for Arakunrin Akeredolu.
It will also be recalled that Hon.Olubunmi Tunji Ojo was instrumental to ensuring that Hon. Abiola Makinde, a member of Nigeria Federal House of Representatives Ondo East/Ondo West federal constituency pledged his allegiance to the Ondo State Governor and eventual winner of the October 10 gubernatorial election, while also committing his resources to the re-election bid of the Governor.
In the same vein, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji Ojo was also instrumental to ensuring that Tajudeen Adefioye, aka, Small Alhaji, a federal lawmaker representing Federal constituency, Idanre/Ifedore and also a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) pitched his tent with the Aketi camp
. Babajide Akeredolu – One who has been noted for his perchance for pulling the strings behind the curtain which has in many was deprived him of the much deserved accolades for his brilliant orchestration and acute strategic planning.
Son to the Ondo State Governor, Babajide Akeredolu is another key figure whose contribution to the re-election bid of his father cannot be forgotten in a hurry. Definitely he has given his father who is the Governor of the Ondo State to be proud of himself for nurturing such a bright mind and also be proud of his son for walking the path of honor.
Babajide Akeredolu as part of his numerous contribution is the brain behind the Pentagon Movement Group (PMG) a group which within such a short period of time strategically ensured that it had spread it tentacles across the 18 local government areas of the stage where their members actively engaged the people on the need for vote and support Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN. Pulling his resources together which was majorly the manpower support he had from the youthful populace of the state, the PMG was able to drive home its objective by reaching out to the grassroots across the 18 Local Government areas of the state. The group saw to the donations of branded cars, clothes, face caps towards the re-election bid of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN.
They were also the brain behind the Kajeun Aketi Initiative which saw to the feeding of over 25,000 children and Vulnerable people across the 18 local government area during the Covid-19 pandemic
.Chief Alex Ajipe- deserving an honorable mention is Chief Alex Ajipe another erudite son of the soil and a nationwide celebrated icon. The idea of Ibi Giga Ambassadors was mooted by Chief Alex Ajipe for the primary aim of projecting the unrivalled achievements of Governor Akeredolu and ultimately actualize his second term aspiration. Ibi Giga was convened by Alex Ajipe midway into the first term tenure of Aketi and the group took the gospel of Aketi to the nooks and crannies of Ondo State. Without being immodest, Ibi Giga Ambassadors group has truly endeared Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to an average electorate in Ondo State through its many supportive initiatives. Ibi Giga Ambassadors hadset out early on a mission to achieve the re-election of Governor Akeredolu even long before the real political foot soldiers of APC had thought it necessary to roll out plans for same purpose. The convener of the foremost campaign group for the re-election of Akeredolu, Chief Alex Ajipe had in June 2020 donated some branded vehicles to aid the mobilization of party faithful and the electorates.
The group had also went a step further by joining some members of Ondo State House of Assembly to raise N35 million, out of which a cheque of N22.5 million was presented to Governor Akeredolu to obtain the APC 2020 Expression of Interest and Nomination forms ahead of the July 20, 2020 governorship primaries.
Boye Oyewumi – Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN was described as a sellable candidate by President Muhammadu Buhari of the Federal Republic of Nigeria over his numerous and giants’ strides in the State. There’s something to Campaign with as the party not only banked on their popularity and Federal support but also the achievements of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, especially in the area of Industrialization and Industrialization. Talking about the Industrialization drive of the Arakunrin Akeredolu led administration in Ondo State, the man behind the curtain actively pulling the strings, ensuring that the state was placed on a pedestal which can attract numerous investors to the state is Mr Boye Oyewumi.
Highly calm and reserved, He is the Chairman and Chief Executive officer of the Ondo state Development and Investment Promotion Agency ONDIPA, also he served as a Special Adviser to the Ondo State Government. Under Boye, ONDIPA has Created a comprehensive Investors Road Map that captures the State’s Industrialization Masterplan. ONDIPA has since pioneered the State’s- Open for Business program, including commencement of Flights between Nigeria’s economic hubs, commencement of commercial production of Bitumen from Q3, 2019, and spearheading the development of the Port of Ondo-the only true deep sea port in Nigeria managing 10,000 – 14,000 TEU vessels. ONDIPA has also initiated the plan for Sunshine City (Ondo industrial City) as a free trade zone, amongst many other projects. ONDIPA will be seeking development partners for these opportunities.
.Fredrick Obateru Akinruntan- The Olugbo of Ugbo, of the riverine Ilaje Local Government area of Ondo State did not hide his support for Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, as he took to the public to openly canvassed for the incumbent Governor. Unlike other monarch, he was actively involved in ensuring the victory of the Arakunrin Akeredolu at the Guber polls, it was no surprise when the governor won with a great margin in his Local Government.
It will be recalled that that the king was instrumental in securing the support of kings and rulers across the 18 local government areas of the state. His support for the incumbent Governor was not only as a result of the laudable achievements of the governor, but also as a result of their age long friendship.
.Olusola Oke- Also another Aspirant in the Primary of the All Progressive Congress, Olusola Oke after the primaries made no hesitation to join hands with Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN to securing the victory of the incumbent Governor. Olusola Oke, a grass root politician who boast of thousands of supporters across the 18 local government areas of the state no doubt brought versatility and solidity to the campaign team of the Governor.
His support for the governor all allayed the doubts of others that the party was divided. He was actively seen with the Governor on numerous occasions canvassing for the re-election of the Governor.
. Donald Ojogo- The Commissioner for Information in Ondo State no doubt deserves an honorable mention, the media is an important tool which when rightly used and harnessed brings in numerous benefits. The just concluded Gubernatorial election in Ondo State saw to the emergence of various propaganda aimed at discrediting the Arakunrin Akeredolu SAN.
However the Commissioner for information brought his expertise to the table, controlled and use the media space to continue to portray the image of the incumbent well. The activities and achievements of Arakunrin Akeredolu was brought to the fore front of all social media outlets and news media. Among every 5 posts made across different social media platforms, the name of the Governor comes out thrice with a good story to tell about him.
Adding to this, The estranged Deputy Governor, Barr. Agboola Ajayi and the Donald Ojogo are from the same senatorial district, while Agboola Ajayi left the APC to chase his Gubernatorial ambition, everyone had expected Donald Ojogo to follow his kinsmen. Instead he stood with his principal officer, holding firm to one of the strongest responsibility of the campaign strategy which was the Media. Doing an excellent job, he built on the good works of the incumbent to giving him a wide and far reach on the internet.
It’s heartening to note that he is first leader from the Southern region to openly criticise the move of Agboola, even before other political big wigs and party chieftains from the region had come out openly to condemn the betrayal act of the deputy governor.
He was brave and undeterred as he came out to the people to publicly defend Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, while condemning Agboola Ajayi. He did not harbor any fears that people might think that he is fighting against his kinsmen. All he believed was rooted in good governance and the need to sustain and consolidate on the democratic gains ad witnessed under the leadership of Arakunrin Akeredolu. This was all that matters to him, countless times he was seen on the platforms of national news media, his name became a regular one on the pages of various national newspapers as he relentlessly pushed forward the Ibi-giga agenda.
To the very day victory was achieved, his case was another of firm loyalty, commitment and dedication to a course which he believed was greater than him. One that is instrumental to creating a better place not only for us all, but for the generations to come.
. Senator Ajayi Boroffice- The activities and support of the Akoko born senator cannot be fully measured in the build up to the October 10 Gubernatorial election in Ondo State. His support for the governor ensured that other party big wigs and chieftains also pledged their support for the success of the re-election bid of the governor. Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN went on to record a landslide victory in Akoko and environs.
.Hon. Ade Adeogun- another notable mention is the representative of Akoko southeast /southwest federal constituency in the house of representatives in Ondo state, Hon. Ade Adeogun regarded as one of the finest and proactive lawmakers in the state. Going the extra mile, he ensured that he adequately mobilized his people right from the grassroots to the state level, reaching out to all as he relentlessly worked for the re-election bid of the incumbent governor
Hon. Mayowa Akinfolarin- talking about one of the most respected and experienced lawmaker in the National House of Assembly, Hon. Mayowa Akinfolarin who currently serves as the Federal Representative representing Ile-oluji Okeigbo/Odigbo constituency in the 9th National Assembly did not leave any stone unturned as he worked for the victory of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. SAN.
The Federal Lawmaker committed himself and his resources towards the course as he not only mobilized at his constituency level for the governor, but he also ensured that he reached out to people outside his constituency, giving them more salient reasons for them to sustain the Akeredolu led administration which has offered them a renewed hope for a democratic system.
Otunba Timihin Adelegbe- Representing at the National Assembly Ose/Owo Federal Constituency of Ondo State, Otunba Timihin Adelegbe is another prominent figure who never relented and ultimately gave his all towards the victory of the incumbent Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Akeredolu.
He was one of those few who took the project as his own personal project, spending his resources in mobilizing his people within and outside his constituency, the federal lawmaker never drew back his unflinching support for Arakunrin Akeredolu
. Oluwadare Aragbaiye- The contribution of the Ondo State Head of Service Oluwadare Aragbaiye cannot be overlooked as we compile a list of some of the notable men who were instrumental and vital to the success of the incumbent Governor of Ondo State at the October 10 gubernatorial election in the state.
Using his influence as the head of Service in the state, Mr Oluwadare Aragbaiye ensured that the Governor enjoyed a cordial relationship between the civil servants in the state and the government.
The state is largely dominated by civil servants, and as a result of the all-inclusive administration and leadership led by the head of staff, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi was able to leverage on this to building for itself a formidable team for the gubernatorial polls
Engr. Raimi Olayiwola Aminu – Special Adviser to the Ondo State Governor on Lands, Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Raimi Olayiwola has before and after his appointment cemented himself as a vital and important asset to Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN.
The revolutionary infrastructural development across the state which has seen to the construction of numerous roads across the 18 local government areas of Ondo State, under leadership of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN has been greatly facilitated by Engr. Raimi Olayiwola Aminu.
Taking the re-election bid of the governor as his personal project, he successfully toured every nooks and crannies of the State canvassing for the support of the people. Adding to the aforementioned, he personally went to everyone he knew had one issue or the other against the governor to ensure that the issues are well addressed and peacefully settled.
His case is a typical example of an unflinching loyalty and commitment to the incumbent Governor and re-elected Governor of the Sunshine State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN.
Barr. Morayo Lebi- joining our long list of notable forces behind the success of Arakunrin Akeredolu re-election bid in the last concluded election is Morayo Lebi.
A frontline politician and legal luminary who has distinguished himself as a true progressive and strong ally of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN.
Banking on his popularity in the grassroots, he actively engaged the people of Irele on the need to sustain good governance and leadership as witnessed under the Akeredolu led administration in Ondo State.
To him, the 4+4 agenda was like a gospel as he walked the length and breadth of his community creating awareness for the incumbent Governor.
His contribution was largely felt during the Covid-19 pandemic era when he spent millions on palliatives to compliment the effort of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN in the state to cushion the effect of this pandemic among the people.
Also, he was one of the first set of individuals who had come out to openly declare their support for Arakunrin Akeredolu. Not minding the pressure from others to contest the Guber Polls, he pledged his allegiance to the incumbent Governor and strongly supported him til victory was achieved on the 10th of October 2020
Using the media effectively, he ran various programmes and ads for the Governor which helped him to greatly mobilise people to support and vote for Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
Adding to this, as a respected Philanthropist in the State who is well loved and revered, it’s easy for people to buy his candidate . The philanthropic gesture was demonstrated as the Ikale born politician doled out financial palliatives of #5,000 each to one hundred and twenty indigents and vulnerable members of Ondo Southern Senatorial District, comprising six Local Government Areas.
Bola Ilori- Another prominent Politician in the State who is not only respected in the state but also loved across the 18 local government areas of the state.
He’s one of those who came out to massively support the re-election bid of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN.
A protegee of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and a close ally of Arakunrin Rauf Aregbesola, Bola Ilori unapologetically fronted the re-election signature of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN in all public events and appearance.
Taking the project as his, he ensured that he not only morally contributed to the success of Governor’s re-election bid but he also financially contributed to the success of the Ibi- Giga agenda.
The Ondo born and bred politician never relented in mobilising the grassroots for the governor as he openly and strategically engaged them on the need to vote for Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN got second term.
Prince Afolabi Obasuyi – Another Noticeable name of this list is the Agbaka of Alagbaka of Akure Kingdom. When many had expected him to support one of the candidates in the Gubernatorial contest who is from his home town, he rose above the waters of sentiments and subjectivity to making the bold and courageous move of sticking with the incumbent Governor of Ondo State Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN.
Akure was a tough one due to the candidacy of Eyitayo Jedege. SAN of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) his active mobilization of Akure with the activities of others proved effective in ensuring that the Arakunrin Akeredolu secured the much needed votes from Akure in the just concluded election in Ondo State
.Arabinrin Betty Akeredolu- Standing tall among women and in the leagues of the first ladies that has ever graced the office of the first lady in the Sunshine State is the Wife of the incumbent Governor of Ondo state, Mrs. Betty Akeredolu. One who while others have chosen to watch from the back seat instead chose not just to compliment the beautiful strides of his amiable husband who has seen to the emergence of a new Ondo State where its populace indeed have a reason to celebrate the gains of a democratic system but have also created a brand in the state that is backed with stories of survival, resilience, grit, and undying faith to boot.
While there is an endless list of projects and initiatives which has been brought into existence by the Arakunrin Akeredolu led administration in the state which has also being facilitated by the conducive and peaceful atmosphere created by Arabinrin Betty Akeredolu who has in many ways and areas served as a wall of support and motivation for Arakunrin in Ondo State; Ondo State has little to worry about.
Through BRECAN, which was founded by her, the initiative has maintained its focus on early diagnosis of the disease and also encouraging the government to improve on its policies and funding for effective control to curtailing its toll on the people, especially women. It has also seen to the funding of victims treatment across the federation.
Also in furtherance of her commitment to ensuring that the role of the women in the state is changed, enhanced and advanced against the obnoxious cultural template that relegates the place and role of the woman to behind the curtails; Arabinrin Betty Akeredolu conceived the idea of the initiation of FOWOSO in Ondo State.
The forum is a new facet of women empowerment initiative in the state as it adopts the approach of skill acquisition for women across the 18 local government areas of Ondo State.
Since the inception of the initiative in Ondo state, FOWOSO has been able to reach out to no less than 1,800 women in the local government areas of the state. To Arabinrin Betty Akeredolu, who is the initiator of the project; the benefits of the project are more than the immediate financial gains or reward which many people seek to gain. To her the acquisition of knowledge in form of skill empowerment for women , enlightenment on how women can actually take good care of themselves, that is their health and that of their children, mobilizing women towards increased political participation and their ability to stand against any oppressive and discriminatory behavior can be more beneficial in both long and short term, more beneficial than financial reward or gains which is temporal.
Women in the state has been taught various handiwork and crafts through the FOWOSO initiative, among which are bead making, fashion designing, event management, shoemaking, tying of gele, catering craft among other numerous skills acquisition programmes in the state.
Another among the numerous laudable initiatives and projects of Arabinrin Betty Akeredolu is the bringing into existence the BEMORE Foundation. This foundation was birthed as a result of the strong passion of Arabinrin Akeredolu to bridge the knowledge gap between the girl child and their male counterpart when it comes to technology advancement and efficiency in Nigeria.
The light of the 21st century has seen to the increased advocacy for the liberation and emancipation of the girl child away from the fangs of an obnoxious and pathetic reality that undermine the relevance and importance of the girl child by seeing them as lesser human beings to their male counterparts.
Since the inception of the project in 2017, over 1000 girls has been properly trained and fully equipped with the right incentives to excel in whatever area of training they choose to major in. it participants are not just limited to within the confines of Ondo State alone as it draws participants from states like Imo, Oyo with the view of expanding it to more states in the Federation.Among other numerous and amazing achievements, Arabinrin Betty Akeredolu gave her husband the much needed booast to enhance his popularity and Legitimacy which eventually proved significant in winning his re-election bid
Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye – The Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN led administration in Ondo State was popularly noted and appluader for it great infrastructural drive in Ondo State. The History of the State have never seen the construction and rehabilitation of road projects these numerous since its years of existence. This is no small feat recorded by the Governor, which was also facilitated by men like Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, the honorable Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure in Ondo State.
Under his watch, he saw to the attainment of these laudable feats in Ondo State which to a very great extent is one of the success stories of the administration. We cannot also forget his contributions during the campaign period; the active mobilization of people across the state to vote for Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN.
Without mincing words, he deserves the accolades as his name finds a honorable mention on our list.
.Ifeoluwa Fasonranti – This is another testament of men with unflinching loyalty and dedication that cannot be shaken when tested. The former aide to the immediate past Governor of the State, Olusegun Mimiko had every reason to have followed the then Governor of the state to the Zenith Labor Congress to support Barr Agboola Ajayi. However he chose to stay and pledge his allegiance to where his heart belongs to.
Pastor Ola Amuda
He was the Accord Party Governorship Candidate in 2016 election in the State and became a member of All Progressive Congress in 2018. He is a Community Leader in Akoko as well as in the Christian Community, a technocrat and most importantly a die hard supporter of Arakunrin Akeredolu.
Prior to the election, he has been seen on several occasions on different platforms: on-site, radio and social media canvassing and mobilising for the re-election of Arakunrin Akeredolu. His works are mostly focused or felt among the Public Servants and in Akoko Communities. He was a member of the Civil Service Sub-Committee of the Aketi Campaign Organisation.
He is one of those who went the extra mile in holding meetings, granting interviews, and facilitating bill boards to amplify the good works of the Governor in the State.
.Hon. Kolawole Babatunde- At a time when the socio-political situation in Akoko was tough, before Arakunrin secured the full support of other political big wigs in the area, Hon Kolawole Babatunde was one of the first few to come out openly to support Arakunrin Akeredolu.
He not only stopped at this but also went the extra mile to engaging other party chieftains and community leaders to pledge in their support.
.Senator Tayo Alasoadura- Standing tall among these notable names is the Hon. Minister State, Niger Delta Affairs, Hon Tayo Alasoadura.
This is a man who had pledged his allegiance to the Governor even before the Governor openly and formally declared his intention to run for a second term.
A man who stood with the Governor all the way till victory was achieved. The man who used his influence and resources to fronting the re-election bid of the Governor.
Truly, the success of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN at the October 10 Gubernatorial election in Ondo State can never be reeled out with the laudable efforts of Hon. Tayo Alasoadura
. Femi Adekanbi- Another worthy mention is the ever proactive and energetic Femi Adekanbi, one whose popularity cannot be undermined in the APC and the kingdom of Owo.
Banking on his good person and popularity, he mobilized and actively canvassed for the support of the youths in Owo Kingdom as he was instrumental in moving a lot of youths from the People’s Democractic Party which was his Former party to the All Progressive Congress (APC)
Sharing same Home town with the Governor, he actively contributed his quota towards ensuring that Arakunrin Akeredolu won his home town with a landslide victory.
.Prince Jimi Odimayo- The resounding victory of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN in the South which boosted his chances of emerging victorious at the just concluded Gubernatorial polls in Ondo State was facilitated by people like Prince Jimi Odimayo.
First, he stepped down for tArakunrin Akeredolu SAN before the party primary election. And from there on, he never relented in canvassing and mobilising for the Governor in Irele.
Adding to this, he took the Akeredolu re-election agenda as his own as he used both his resources front this agenda.
.Abayo Sheba- Another notable name in the South, who contributed in no small measure to the victory of the Governor in the just concluded election.
He’s actively involved in mobilizing the people of Irele to support and vote for Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN.
As a grassroots politician, he proved his loyalty to the Governor by reaching out to his people by engaging them right from the grassroots in the South.
. Barr. Remi Olatubora- The legal luminary cum astute politician is one of those figures whose name will always be remembered in good light for his numerous contributions to the success of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN on the 10th of October, 2020.
Pushing the agenda as his, he worked tirelessly by pulling the right strings all which contributed to the victory of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN.
Mr. Gboyega Adefarati- Son to the Late Governor of Ondo State, Adebayo Adefarati, Mr Gboyega Adefarati is another major support whose contribution to the success of the Akeredolu re-election bid cannot be undermined.
The Commissioner for Agriculture in the State stood strongly behind the Governor and he channeled all his resources to the attainment of the Ibi-Giga goal.
It’s no surprise to see the people of Akungba- Akoko coming out en-masse to support and Vote for Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN during the election
.Razak Obe- The grassroots politician from Ifedore is another name that we cannot forget in a hurry.
Among his people, he was a major force as he actively engaged the people of Ifedore Local Government area of the state on the need to ensure and sustain continuity in the State.
Through house to house mobilization, media engagement and communual development, he unrelentingly contributed his quota to the success of the Governor at the poll.
Dipo ‘Carry Go’ Okeyomi: Spotlighting the men behind Aketi’s 2nd term victory
Hon Dipo Okeyomi aka Carry Go made laudable contributions to the victory of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu in the October 10, 2020 governorship election.
Despite being one of the initial voices who called for a change of candidate before the APC primaries, Okeyomi put the past behind him when Aketi emerged the APC candidate and worked assiduously for the victory of the party in his Ikare-Akoko hometown.
He was Coordinator of ‘Otooge Aketi’ and when the pendulum swung to Akeredolu’s side after the primary, he also led the ‘O Tun ya Aketi’ group which mobilised aggrieved party members and electorates to ensure the party’s candidate become victorious in the election.
Okeyomi who is also a leader of the APC in Lagos deserves accolades for his sportsman spirit and putting the interest of the party first.
.Hon. D.I Kekemeke- the Brain behind the Lekeleke Movement in Ondo State, Hon. D.I Kekemeke showed his worthy as not only a true progressive but also a complete grassroots politician who is well revered and loved by his people.
After the primary election of the All Progressive Congress (APC) he went on to becoming one of the major force behind the incumbent Governor, he went on to have the most organized and powerful Movement for the Governor’s re-election bid which was the Lekeleke Movement.
Femi Salako writes from Akure