Ahead of next year’s governorship election in Ondo State, the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi has vowed to do everything within his capacity to ensure that an Akure indigene becomes the next governor of the state.
The monarch stated this in his palace when he hosted the Executive Council of Akure Community Development Forum, ACDF, led by the national leader of Afenifere, who also doubles as the chairman of the group, Chief Reuben Fasoranti.
The Deji said despite the fact that the town is the state capital, its sons and daughters never had the opportunity to produce a democratically-elected governor of the state.
Oba Aladetoyinbo equally decried the fact that indigenes of the town have not also had the opportunity to fare well in political appointments, lamenting that Akure could not boast of two permanent secretaries in all the state’s ministries departments and agencies (MDAs).
The monarch told the forum, which had earlier sought his intervention in the matter, to put their acts together and prepare for the challenge of presenting a credible Akure man for the 2016 governorship.
He said: “This is the only way the town can regain her right of place,” and lamented that indigenes of Akure had failed in the past to speak with one voice.
He declared that this time around, the people of Akure must speak with one voice, as he promised that he would spearhead the struggle that would lead to an Akure indigene becoming the next governor of the state.
He said: “I am going to be the rallying point for an Akure man to be the next governor of Ondo State. We have been on it for a very long time but this time around, we are more determined than ever.
“I don’t care where the Akure man will come from; he can be from Akure North, Akure South and even Ifedore Local Government; all we need is a man from any of the Akure-speaking local government areas.”
Oba Aladetoyinbo reiterated his resolve to use his stool to secure the release of not less than 600 hectares of land that has been taken by the state government from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, to be used as permanent site for the take-off of the FUTA School of Health Sciences and Technology.
In order to maintain and sustain smooth relationship with traditional rulers in all Akure speaking communities in the kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo said he would start visiting these traditional rulers next month before calling them to a larger meeting.

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