The legal tussle threatening to undermine Alliance for Democracy (AD’s) victory in the November 26 governorship election was laid to rest yesterday with the presentation of the party’s flag to the governorship candidate, Olusola Oke and his running mate, Ganny Dauda.
At the occasion were AD leaders, including National Leader Senator Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa; National Chairman Chief Joseph Avazi and National Legal Adviser Kehinde Aworele, who was in court to challenge Oke’s emergence.
Aworele said: “There was a court action challenging Olusola Oke’s emergence but his victory is sure. We don’t want some people to go to court after his victory to challenge him.
“This was why I was in court. And the fact that I am here addressing this crowd today shows that there is no more crisis in the party, no cracks within the party, we are one indivisible party.
“I can assure you that Olusola Oke will be the next governor. Oke means mountain in Yoruba. Like his name he is on top, Ondo State will be on top, Yorubaland is on top.
“No matter how tall an Iroko tree may be, it cannot be taller than the mountain, Olusola Oke is on top and he will win.”
Akinfenwa said: “For 13 years, we have been in the wilderness, now it has pleased God to give us a leader capable of putting Ondo back on tracks.
“If you look at the PDP, it is full of crises. People deceiving people; members are at each other’s throats. The APC too is not faring any better; it is an amalgam of strange bed fellows who cannot deliver on their promises.”
Avazi assured that the AD was poised to form the next government given the spontaneous show of love for a party that merely came into reckoning two months ago.
According to him, a new dawn is breaking in Ondo State and AD is set to bring back the lost glory of the sunshine state. We have ruled this state before, this is our second coming and we shall not disappoint you.
In his acceptance speech, Oke assured that under his watch, Ondo would be better and the people would thrive.
He said: “Some people have been out on campaigns of calumny against me that I will abandon most of the projects I meet on ground. This is not true.
“Today, Ondo State is undergoing a difficult situation, all our industries are dead and there is poverty in the land.
“The priority of my government shall be the good of the people. I greet our mothers, we shall ensure we give you life abundance. We shall give you money to trade. Our workers shall receive their salaries and other entitlements as at when due.
“Our youths shall be employed as we shall revive our dead industries and make them functional again.”