Chances of the Candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, AD, in November 26, 2016 in Ondo State, to win the election got a boost yesterday as the Muslim Community in the State pledged to vote overwhelmingly for him.
Making the stand of the Muslim Community known in Akure, the Chief Imam of Akure, Alhaji Abdulazeez Yayi-Akorede, said the decision of the AD to pick a Muslim, Alhaji Ganny Dauda, as its deputy governorship candidate has made the Muslim community to take that position and support the party to succeed at the polls.
The Chief Imam who spoke at the Akure Central Mosque when some Muslim leaders hosted Chief Oke while lauding the AD and its governorship candidate for recognising Muslims with the deputy governorship, said Muslims in the state would not have anything to do with political parties that didn’t recognise Muslims.
He subsequently promised to reach out to other Muslim groups and organisations on the need to vote AD in the November 26 election.
Among the three leading political parties – AD, PDP and APC – in the race for the Alagbaka Government House, only AD nominated a Muslim as its running mate.
The cleric, who said some politicians had promised and disappointed Moslems in the past, urged Oke not to relent on his good deeds.
Speaking, former National President of Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Alhaji Sirajudeen Abdulazeez, advised Oke to address all injustice meted to Muslims in the state.
Abdulazeez said the various political imbalances done Muslims in the state must be corrected by the AD government for it to continue to enjoy the support of Muslims.
Oke, who said Dauda’s emergence as running mate was divine, stressed the need for balance between the two major religious bodies – Christianity and Islamic.
The AD candidate while appreciating the role of Muslims and the efficacy of their prayers in ensuring good moral upbringing, peace and development, assured that his government would always accord them their due regard and recognition.
Oke said: “The AD is out to bail Ondo State out of the poverty and hunger ravaging it in spite of its vast natural endowments”.
According to him, any society where poverty takes higher percentage is prone to crime and other social vices, hence the need for AD intervention in governance in the state.