CONSEQUENT upon the official declaration of the campaign by the Accord Party in Oyo State, its Governorship candidate, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, has been infesting the state with the thumbs revolutions.
Although, before now, due to his fervent belief in meeting and interacting with the masses, Senator Ladoja had embarked on a consultations visits to all traditional rulers in Oke-Ogun, not excluding village heads in the various remotest villages in the zone.
When asked the reason for the visit, Senator Ladoja was quick to reply that the visit was to seek royal blessing from the traditional rulers and also to have first hand informationS on the peculiar needs of each communities.
Yours sincerely, who is on the entourage and indeed, the entire crew were stretched to the limit as Senator Ladoja visited every nooks and crannies of the Oke-Ogun area with the evolution of the thumb revolution.
As such, after the campaign was officially declared opon on Saturday, January 10, 2014, at the Durbar Stadium in ancient town of Oyo, the Accord leader has not for a day went to sleep.
The campaign tour to all the three local government in Ibarapaland was heartwarming and highly encouraging from the very remotest suburb of Alagba, an area largely populated by brothers and sisters from the far North to Asunnara, Ayete, Idiyan and others, it was a carnival as the people wanted tril the wee hours of the day to receive Senator Ladoja and his team.
In all of these town and villages, Senator Ladoja did not mince words as to his readiness to improve the lots of the people. We that were in his entourage were moved to tears in such villages like Asunnara, where there is no single sign of government presence since 2007.
According to the Baale of Asunnara, the only primary school in the area was built by Senator Ladoja as well as the electrification of the area. The Baale surrounded by his people openly submitted to the thumb revolution of the Accord Party as they swarmed around our convoy to collect posters and the souvenirs.
The story was the same in other locations visited but that of Ayete was made more interesting by the local musicians who added flavor to the campaign.
At Igboora, the team was also received by a very tumultuous crowd of residents and party supporters. The residents, most of whom left their shops and farms, listen to the good tidings of Senator Ladoja and his team. The Accord standard bearer informed the crowd of his readiness to improve their lots insisting that all government policies and programmers’ must be tailored towards improving the living standards of the electorate.
He charged them to ensure the collection of their permanent voter’s card, stressing that this is the only way to effect a positive change in the state. At Tapa in Ibarapa Central Local Government, the Accord Leader promised the resuscitation of dam to provide water for drinking and irrigation.
Senator Ladoja appreciated the commitment of the party to restore hopes and happiness in the populace.
The campaign train which moved to Igboora and later to Eruwa East Local Government was also graced by a large crowd of party faithful. One very significant aspect of the tour was the usual recourse to the superiority of God as Senator Ladoja would not stop at saying that all the goodies promised can only be made possible by God.
He also ensured that the campaigns were devoid of unnecessary distractions. In each places visited by the Accord team, it was well received and appreciated. Senator Ladoja also did not fail to present the party’s candidates for the state House of Assembly, the Federal House of Representatives and indeed the Senate in which the incumbent Senator Olufemi Lanlehin has been picked to contest on the party’s banner.
The noising welcome that always heralded the party to all locations in the Ibarapa zone of the state was reverberated in Ibadan as the thumb revolution was all over the place in the city.
From Ido to Ibadan North West, south West, North East and south East, the Accord symbol of the thumb remains the most popular way of greetings.
The crowd was so unprecedented to the point that several bodies and association on a daily basis fraternized with the party and its governorship candidate, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja.
The campaigns to the five local governments in Ibadan less cities which includes Akinyele, Lagelu, Ona Ara, Egbeda and Oluyole also achieved the designed results.
With an array of competent candidates like Asiwaju Yemi Aderibigbe, Honourable Gbenga Adewusi Arole, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin and mercurial, Chief Luqman ‘Bisi Ilaka, it was victory songs everywhere.
At the popular New Gbagi Market, the crowd us too much and, one can simply concludes that the “Thumb Revolution” has indeed, infested the people of the state and Accord is certainly going to coast to victory in next general election.
•Toyese Oladejo is a member of the Accord Media Team.