The Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has boasted the All Progressives Congress would continue to rule the state for a long time.
According to him, the party would continue to occupy a prime place in the political landscape of the state for long due to the good performance of the current administration in the state in the last four years, “in spite of daunting challenges and paucity of funds occasioned by the prevailing global economic realities.”
Akeredolu stated this on Saturday at the foundation-laying ceremony of the new APC state secretariat complex in Akure, the state capital.
The governor said, the unfortunate incident that led to the destruction of the former APC state secretariat by some suspected hoodlums during the #ENDSARS protest, hastened the need for the construction. He added that building the party secretariat will further strengthen the party and show doubting “Thomases that the APC had come to state in the state as an established political party.”
He said, “We are only beginning with the State Headquarters. Be sure that on completion of this project, erecting such edifice across the 18 local government areas in the state will follow.
“As the largest and the ruling party in the state, it behoves us to have a secretariat befitting of that status. You will recall that our party has been operating from rented apartments since its inception. I am sure that by the time the secretariat complex is built, it will be the pride of all party faithful. It is our hope that before the end of the year, we shall celebrate the completion of this project.
“Let me enjoin all our party members, especially those occupying positions of responsibility at all levels of government – Federal, State and Local Governments to see this project as a collaborative effort and contribute financial and material resources towards its early completion.
“I wish to stress that this is not ondo state government project, rather it is purely APC affairs. This is neither about Akeredolu nor is it about Adetimehin, it is about our party. As good party men and women, it is our responsibility to lay a solid foundation for our party to blossom in Ondo State. We can never be deterred by the anti-social behaviours or the opposition of a few. It is our determination to continue to forge ahead as a formidable party.”
In his welcome address, the acting chairman of the party, Mr Ade Adetimehin described as a leader who serves with integrity, thanked Governor Akeredolu for making the noble dream of building a new party secretariat a reality during his tenure as the chairman of the party.
In his own remarks, the chairman of the building committee, Mr Jimoh Ibrahim, assured the people that the project will be completed on time to schedule and budget.