A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Taiwo Joseph, has urged the party to pick the candidate for the House of Representatives by-election in Akure North/South Constituency from Akure Local Government Area.
He praised Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for his infrastructure battles in the state capital.
Joseph said in a statement: ”There is the need for caution in picking the man who will complement his work and deliver on points. The person must be trusted, loyal and must stand on the existing protocols for the governor to continue to be relevant after leaving office.”
The chieftain urged the governor to support Sunday Olajide, who represents, Akure South Constituency 2 in the House of Assembly.
He recalled that the legislator had once indicated an interest in the position, but was prevailed upon to step down by the party leadership.
Joseph said: “There is no gainsaying that he has the winning formula and capacity due to his vast popularity in Akure. Even when the progressive party was in opposition during the reign of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, the progressives’ rallying point in Akure was Hon. Sunday Olajide as the only progressive candidate that won his election in Ondo Central Senatorial district and he represented his people in the state Assembly very well to the admiration of the people.
“I am persuaded that Sunday Olajide is a strong admirer of Governor Akeredolu. In his activities as a ranking member of the state House of Assembly, he has been commended as an erudite and highly resourceful lawmaker who has a strong passion to drive all the policies of Governor Akeredolu through the legislative processes and approval of the House to date. He has been quoted to have commended the Governor for the good works of infrastructural development across the state and the beautiful facelift given to the state capital as a thing of pride to his party and the state in general. He has through a legislative process supported the governor’s industrialization drive in no small measure.”
Joseph added: “He withstood the intense pressure and overtures to join the ruling party of Dr. Mimiko as a demonstration of his loyalty to the progressive’s ideas.
“Sunday Olajide’s regular comments on Aketi’s giant stride in politics, visibly sustainable administrative achievements, and his indefatigable nature as a man of refreshing candor lend credence to his undying love for Mr. Governor. The principle he continues to exhibit as a ranking member of the legislative body also proves his unflinching loyalty and support for the Senior Advocate of Nigeria.
“While other aspirants are now uttering whatever inanities would get them the party’s ticket as they embark on their political consultations and horse-trading, very few of the likes of Olajide are, actually, protecting the sanctity and the integrity of the party by not openly showing interest in the position yet until the position was officially declared vacant
“Sunday Olajide represents part of the governor’s most fervent and trusted loyalists and support base in Akure. This, along with his wide knowledge of legislative duties overtime, deserves this position than anyone else.”