AT a colourful rally, the Ondo State chapter of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) yesterday received the lawmaker representing Akure North/South at the House of Representatives, Ifedayo Abegunde, and thousands of his supporters into its fold.
The reception was witnessed by ACN chieftains, governorship aspirants and broom-waving party supporters from within and outside the state.
Abegunde, who defected from the ruling Labour Party (LP) to ACN on February 1 on the floor of the House of Representatives said his decision to dump his former party was informed by the need to join the progressives’ train to develop the state.
He said: “ACN is a progressive party that can bring the desired transformation to the state. We are conversant with the performance of our past leaders like the late Chiefs Obafemi Awolowo, Adekunle Ajasin, Adebayo Adefarati. They all made their marks.
“Now that all other states in the Southwest, except Ondo, are being governed by ACN, we want to liberate our people by joining their counterparts in other states.”
Abegunde, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, lamented the marginalisation of his constituency comprising of Akure North and South.
His words: “In the distribution of political offices, Akure community has no stake. In Ondo town, where Mimiko hails from, nine indigenes are holding key offices in various boards’ parastatals apart from having three commissioners.
“Mimiko has been ruling like an emperor. He engages his family members and friends at the expense of other citizenry.”
The lawmaker lamented that the governor did not allow democracy to thrive at the grassroots, stressing that since he came to power in 2009, there has been no chairmen in the local governments.
Abegunde expressed optimism that ACN will unseat the incumbent administration to liberate the citizenry.
Secretary of the party Adedipe Adegboyega, who presented the lawmaker with the ACN membership card, said Abegunde has moved out of “darkness to light”.
Adegboyega said the defection of Abegunde is another great success to ACN, stressing that it was another assurance that the party will control the state next year.
He urged the supporters of the federal lawmaker to continue to sensitise the people on why the ACN remains their best option in the state.
A governorship aspirant, Chief Jamiu Ekungba, described the crowd at the event as an assurance that the people have accepted the ACN as the only progressive party in the country.
He said: “Though we were being tempted by the present administration and its machinery not to use the Akure Township Hall, thinking that would disrupt the success of our rally, but they would be ashamed that despite their threat, the citizenry, both civil servants, artisans, and traders, came out en masse to welcome our lawmaker to the progressive party.
“ACN must rule Ondo State because progressivism started in this state and it will be unfair if we are still in the hands of those who wear progressives cap but loot our treasury.”
The Chairman of the United Kingdom (UK) chapter of the ACN, Mr. Tunde Doherty, praised Abegunde for his courage to dump the LP for the ACN which, he described as the foremost progressive party.
He said his members are poised to support any aspirant that emerged as candidate morally and financially to ensure victory for the party during next election.
Members of the party’s state executive committee, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, Chief Segun Ojo, House of Representatives lawmaker from Lagos, Jide Jakande, Dr. Olu Agunloye, Ondo ACN House of Representatives candidates, Adegboyega Adefarati and Femi Adekanmbi, ACN Woman Leader Erelu Johnson, Ade Adetimehin, and Prince Olu Adegboro were all at the reception.
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