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Stange: Buhari, Osinbajo, Tinubu, Aregbesola Absent At Apc Ondo Rally

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SAN FRANCISCO, November 10, (THEWILL) – Top officials of the All Progressives Congress, including President Muhammadu Buhari, were absent from a rally organised by the Ondo APC to flag off the campaign of Rotimi Akeredolu, its candidate for the November 26 governorship election in the state.

Other notable absentees at the event which held at the Democracy Park in Akure, the Ondo State capital, were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; former Lagos governor and National Leader of the party, Bola Tinubu; and Governor of neighbouring Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola.

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the APC National Chairman, revealed that the State is a very important state to the Federal Government in spite of being governed by the PDP and therefore there was need for the APC to win the state in the coming gubernatorial polls slated for Nov. 26 .

To achieve this, Oyegun declared that the commitment and determination of all APC members in the state were needed as it would not be easy to wrestle power from incumbent government.

Also at the event, Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Ogun state stressed the need for unity among party members, saying “where there are disputes, we must resolve them.”

“We must not entertain malice; we should put all hands on deck to ensure that the party emerged victorious at the election.

“We should embark on house to house campaign ahead of the election to ensure that we win the election come Nov. 26 ,'' he said.

Governors of Borno, Sokoto, Plateau and Ogun states as well as Ministers of Solid Minerals, Health and Labour and Employment, among others, were present at the campaign rally.

The APC flag was handed over to party's Governoship Candidate, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu by the Secretary to the Federal Government, Mr Babachir Lawal.

Akeredolu at the party`s primary, defeated Dr Segun Abraham, who polled 635, while Chief Olusola Oke came third with 583 votes, while Sen. Ajayi Boroffice came forth with 471 votes.

Akeredolu, a former President of Nigerian Bar Association, promised to create jobs through agriculture and entrepreneurship as well as regular payment of workers' salaries, among others.

Story by Oputah David