Thousands of members from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (ACP) on Tuesday in Irelel Local Government area of Ondo Stated decamped into the Alliance for Democracy (AD) during the campaign tour of the Council by the governorship candidate of the Party in the State, Chief Olusola Oke.

Receiving the ecstatic new members into the fold of the party, Chief Oke assured the people that only the AD can liberate the state from the bondage which it has been subjected to .According to him, the “indebtedness, neglect, deprivation, starvation, regression and poverty” which had become the lot of the state under the present administration had compelled people to yearn for real change which he assured that only the AD could provide through winning the November 26 governorship election.

The AD candidate, who spoke today at Ode Irele, Ajagba, Akotogbo and Iju Osun during his campaign tour of Irele Council said “as things are, only AD can redeem Ondo State. AD is the only hope of the people of the state and it is showing from the massive supports we have been receiving in the short time”.

Oke, who bemoned the hardship, neglect and abandonment which people had suffered under the present ruling party in the state, said the electorate had the responsibility to produce the desired “real change,” by voting for AD which represented development.

While responding to the development requests of the people of the council area, Oke, who said roads generally in the state needed attention from their present parlous state, assured of completion of the long abandoned Irele-Ayeka/Okitipupa Road linking four council areas in the senatorial district.

Work began on the Irele-Ayeka/Okitipupa Road during the Dr Olusegun Agagu administration but abandoned by the present government in the state which had continuously played politics with this all important road. He also promised to construct township roads in communities in the council area and as well Ajagba-Akotogbo-Ijuosun and Irele-Lutako-Logbosere-Lobi-Atoranse roads.

The AD candidate, who stressed the role of hygienic water in good health, assured that the Irele Waterwork would be restored just as the Irele General Hospital would be upgraded to attend to the needs of the emerging population.

The governorship hopeful, who said the AD government would boost agriculture through provision of inputs and implements at subsidized rates and as well woman and youth empowerment, also promised social amenities including restoration and extension of electricity to the entire council area, siting of health centres in towns and villages.

According to him, the party will restore the lost glory of the state through equitable distribution of wealth, resources and projects, assuring the people of Ondo South Senatorial District of new lease of life.

The Olofun of Ode-Irele, Oba Olanrewaju Lebi, had while playing host to the AD candidate in his palace, appealed to politicians to shun violence and acts of hooliganism.

Oba Lebi appealed to Oke, when elected, to consider completion of the Irele Ayeka/Okitipupa Road began by Agagu in the interest of people of the South Senatorial District.

The monarch also urged the candidate to take up the issue of Olokola also begun by former Governor Agagu at appropriate quarters so that Ondo State could benefit from it.

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At the palace of the Olofun of Irele kingdom with the Barr Olusola Oke governorship candidate of AD and his deputy Ganny Dauda
At the palace of the Olofun of Irele kingdom with the Barr Olusola Oke governorship candidate of AD and his deputy Ganny Dauda