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Nigerian business mogul and politician, Dr. Jimoh Ibrahim (CFR), today declared that the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, deserves to be re-elected for a second term in office.
Ibrahim, who spoke on Saturday March 21, 2020, during the foundation laying ceremony of the University of Fortune, in Igbotako, Okitipupa Local Government Area, said the Governor will be back to commission the buildings in the institution in his second term in office.
The chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) spoke as a leading light in the anti-Akeredolu Unity Group, Tolu Babaleye made a u-turn, describing the Governor as humane and sensitive.
Said Ibrahim: “I don’t need to tell you that if the Governor is coming back to commission this place, it can’t be less than the next one year and I have pronounced as the Araba of Osooro.”
Ibrahim described Akeredolu as a working Governor, adding that his works are unprecedented.
The APC Chieftain, who is also an Abuja based legal practitioner, empathically said that he was very sure that Akeredolu would leave the state better than he met it.
Babaleye, a known critic of this present government and also a member of a group in APC, working against Akeredolu’s re-election, stated this, while making a rejoinder to his earlier post on his facebook page with the title: “STILL ON EGG TO POWDER FACTORY AT OWO, ONDO STATE.
In his previous post, Babaleye had accused the state government for abandoning the Egg to Powder factory project and also alleged that billions of naira had been siphoned through this.
However, the Abuja based lawyer, revealed in his new post that he was shocked when the Governor called him on phone yesterday (Friday) and took his time to explain the progress made so far on the said project.
He stressed that governor’s action has given him the benefit of no doubt that he is truly a blunt person and a man that encourages robust engagement in the interest of the poor masses.
The post reads in part ” I never knew our Governor do read my post. Aketi took his time to explained what happened about this project to me. He told me that the project will soon commence and all the benefits derivable like direct and indirect employment of Ondo Youths would still be achieved. He told me a new MOU has been signed and a new company will commence work at the site very soon.
“Above all, he said Ondo State government has not lost any penny to this project as no money has been released from his government to anyone on this project.
“I feel greatly honoured with the call of Arakunrin Akeredolu giving me explanations on questions from my Facebook posting. I have no reason to doubt his explanations of Mr. Governor but wishes to call on him to intensify efforts in achieving this project before the end of his tenure in 2021 as 2nd term is not sacrosanct.
“No doubt, this is a Governor that loves robust engagement and not because of politics as he told me, he is not explaining to me because he is looking for friends or for politics or for me to abandon Unity Group but because he needs to put the records straight as he owes prosperity a duty to leave Ondo State better than how he met it and will never play politics with development of Ondo State.
“But for the failure of Arakunrin Akeredolu in playing the right politics and Keeping APC as one united family, the man is a jolly good fellow and a good Governor, I also love his being blunt. I like such Person.
“Ask a question about development of Ondo State or any abandon project in Ondo State today and you can be sure of getting explanation.”