By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Engr Ade Adetimehin, has accused opposition political parties of deliberately launching an unprovoked attack on members of the party in order to create avoidable tension ahead of the gubernatorial election.
The ruling party specifically fingered the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) as being responsible for the ploy to send wrong signals to the outside world.
While urging members of the public to disregard the antics of both parties, Adetimehin further revealed that the APC-led government has perfected plans to invest massively in women and youth empowerment, if re-elected
The chairman, in a statement by the party’s spokesman, Alex Kalejaye, lamented that while the ruling party perceives other political parties as partners in the democratic process, they have treated the ruling party as an enemy that must be annihilated at all cost.
“The PDP and ZLP have attacked us repeatedly, while we have resisted the temptation to fight back. Our decision is not borne out of cowardice, but we feel we are in a position to display maturity. We feel we should be more careful because we are better favoured to win the election.
“All they are doing is to create tension in the state, and possibly discredit the process. We have resolved to continue to tolerate them; we won’t retaliate, irrespective of the degree of provocation,” the statement reads in part.
Adetimehin appealed to members of the party to always report any act of aggression and provocation to the security agencies, for necessary intervention.
He said the APC is passionate about the development of the people, particularly the women and youths, saying this would form a core area of focus when re-elected.
He explained that the best form of empowerment for these critical segments of the society is gainful employment, adding that this compels the need to invest more in industrialisation.
Adetimehin said, “any government that targets overall development and social stability must not neglect the womenfolk and the youth. The two segments of our society would be given priority by the APC led administration in the second phase, when re-elected by the people of Ondo State.”
The party chieftain urged the people to disregard sentiments, pettiness and hollow arguments as they get ready to take a fresh decision on who governs the state for another four years.
He itemise “the unbelievable gains” of the Akeredolu-led government in less than four years, and appnealed for his re-election in the best interest of the Sunshine State.