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Few days to the July 20 APC governorship primary in Ondo state, a students body, Ondo State Progressive Students Leaders (OSPSL), has volunteered to work for the success of Hon Isaacs Kekemeke at the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Ondo State.
Led by Mr. Omojuwa Banjo, the group that spoke when it paid a courtesy call on Kekemeke in his office in Akure yesterday, expressed optimism that Kekemeke possessed necessary qualities to succeed the incumbent Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
The group lauded the track record of Kekemeke as a successful public administrator and expressed its excitement at his blueprint for the development of the State.
According to its spokesman, it was particularly impressed by the education agenda of the former attorney general and commissioner for justice.
The group conveyed its feelings in the address presented by it on the occasion. Other members of the group’s delegation were Temitope Joseph, Kayode O. Julius, Aletogun Oluwatoyin, and Julius King.
Kekemeke, a former Secretary to the State Government, is a leading gubernatorial aspirant under the All Progressives Congress, APC.
As the pioneer state chairman of the party, he is believed to be the man to beat at the election.
A distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during the last assembly, Yele Omogunwa, who was the screening committee chairman of the Unity Forum, a formidable group within the APC in Ondo State, has rated Kekemeke as one of the three aspirants to watch in the gubernatorial race even though Kekemeke was not a member of the Forum.
Analysts believe that of the three, Kekemeke was the most favoured.
The OSPSL is a very influential students body with members in all the universities in the country.
In the address it delivered on the occasion, it said, “Having considered, cross examined, observed and gone through the manifestoes, agenda and plans of actions of our intending governor, we have identified the components of the education agenda.”
According to them, these components included “free and compulsory Primary and Secondary Education in the State. Our Technical Schools will be refocused and re-organised to produce ‘Asian – type Engineers’ and technicians in the true sense of the word; a highly subsidized tertiary education will be introduced in the State’s tertiary institutions, and scholarships will be introduced for excelling and high performing students in the Federal and State owned universities and polytechnics.
The Government will reintroduce the students’ loan scheme to support serious minded but indigent children of the State to undertake tertiary education. The physical and human infrastructure in our schools will be radically transformed/improved.”
Impressed by these, the students declared that, “We hereby throw our weight behind him in making sure the good plans he has for the state see the light of the day by contributing our quota to making him emerge as the next governor of the Sunshine state.”
According to them, Kekemeke “has been a good ambassador of the youth ever since he has been occupying public offices, he has equally served in different offices meritoriously with their purposes been fulfilled. We believe in his numerous wealth of experience in public offices. These numerous experiences will be deployed in making Ondo State an enviable state among others.”
Chief D. I. Kekemeke welcomed the group, thanked them for volunteering their support and assured them of his determination to implement his education programme to the last letter on getting to office.