The People Akoko land in Ondo State on Saturday trooped out enmass in a carnival like ceremony to receive \their son, Olusegun Abraham, the first runner-up in the disputed September 3 shadow election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for governorship election in the state.
It would be the first time the industrialist cum politician will be visiting Akoko since the primary election.
Our Correspondent reports reports that the crowd had converged from the four local government areas in Akoko to give him a rousing welcome.
Addressing the crowd in a cheerful mood, Abraham said the visit was necessary and timely, and it was aimed at appreciating the selfless and unflinching support of his kinsmen, and to also reassure them of his readiness to reclaim the “stolen” mandate of the people.
Abraham who spoke in his local dialect, said, “I appreciate your unflinching support so far my people. You are just the best. I appreciate our elders, mothers, the youth, the children and every indigene of Akoko that have stood firm for justice. I assure you that your faith in me, which you have reposed in getting your rightful mandate, will not fail”.
“It is unfortunate that some people within the APC, the people we all now know, employed fraudulent means to rob us of our right by colluding with elements outside our state. But, I assure you that by the grace of God, we will get back our mandate. Don’t listen to the naysayers and liars. I am not leaving this party. Our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is not leaving the party. We are already in court to seek redress, and more so, we are still in talks within the party ranks to get back our stolen mandate.
“Fact and figures don’t lie. A fraud was committed. Some people connived to pad our delegates lists, disenfranchised close to 200 delegates and substituted them with fake ones. That’s a fact that was established by the Electoral Appeal committee, but wrongfully vetoed by Oyegun. But be rest assured, victory is coming and our mandate will be reclaimed,” he assured.
He also told them to debunk and distance themselves from any rumour that associates him with Olusola Oke’s Alliance for Democracy (AD), stating that he won’t form any alliance with people who were instrumental in thwarting the clear chance of Akoko to produce the next governor of the state. He added that such people, who were even new in the APC at the time, could not be trusted to represent the interest of the people as it was clear they are only interested in fulfilling their own political ambitions.