By Gbenga Akinmoyo

We have all taken journeys from one location to another inside an 18-seater bus like the one that is about to depart from Ono State to Abuja where all the successful candidates in the just concluded Presidential and National Assembly Elections will be going to receive their Certificate of Returns.

A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to prepare the vehicle for that journey, but those who will be in the limelight on the stage that day, are the three Senators-Elect and the nine Members of the House of Representatives-Elect.

Political parties are the vehicles that are used, in democracies like ours, to showcase candidates who will contest at the polls and if victorious proceed to occupy seats in the Red and Green chambers of the National Assembly.

Whilst we recognize that the Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State is His Excellency, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, we invite your Excellency to take your seat as we are about to embark on the next phase of this journey.

But Sir, permit me to say that our success at the 25th February 2023 General Elections has been built on the decision to employ an excellent political driver in the person of Engr. Ade Adetimehin, Chairman APC Ondo State and the distinguished members in the State Executive Committee. They masterminded the clinical execution of campaigns and canvassing of the PVC-voters in all the 18 LGA’s of Ondo State that produced victory in the Presidential Elections for the APC candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu with a whopping number of 369,924 votes beating the closest rivals who got 115,463 (PDP) and 47,350 (LP) respectively. In addition, they won all three senatorial seats and won eight out of nine House of Representatives seats available. We understand the local intrigues involved in terms of the singular blemish, but take comfort in the adage that, “A Prophet is not always accepted in his own town”. It means therefore that the APC won 12 out of 13 posts contested, which translates to 92.30% (ninety-two percent); I humbly and respectfully submit, by any standard of measure is an Excellent performance. Senators-Elect and MHRs-Elect congratulations, please take your seats.
Sir, we are proud of the efforts of Chairman Adetimehin and his Executive team and want to use this opportunity on behalf of all party faithful, to celebrate our heroes for the victories achieved, even as they prepare for the State House of Assembly elections scheduled for 11th March 2023. Although deserving of their outstanding performance, they will not be receiving Certificates of Return in Abuja, but we want to appreciate them specially for navigating us safely to the Victory Gate. May your shadows never grow less.
God Bless the Progressive Family; God Bless Ondo State; God Bless Nigeria.

Gbenga Akinmoyo (Hon GaRo)
Writes from Idanre
27th February 2023

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