Accord Party has been re-launched in Ekiti state for the governorship election comes 2018 in the state as a party that believes in delivering the true meaning of democracy to Nigeria citizens.
The rebirth of the party witnessed a new beginning and dawn of new era with visionary leaders in positions of authority. At the inaugural meeting and unveiling of the party secretariat along Iworoko Road Ado-Ekiti, the new executive members (State, LGA, and Wards) of the party were inaugurated and charged with a responsibility to be diligent, dedicated and hardworking to ensure victory for the party in the next gubernatorial and forthcoming elections.
The newly sworn-in chairman of the party in the state, Chief SamuelAbiola Odeoba in his acceptance speech alongside the newly inaugurated executive members vowed to work tirelessly with his members to ensure victory at the polls next year by the grace of God.
The chairman also stated that all young people and women seeking to contest for elective positions under the structure of the party will be given their nomination form free of charge. Consideration will also be given to any woman between the ages of 30 – 50 years old who is which is opened only to women from Ekiti South and Central senatorial districts according to Chief Odeoba.
Earlier in the address, the leader of the party in the state, Akogun Banji Ojo who is also the Governorship aspirant of the party rolled out some of the programs of his Accord Party led Administration when elected as executive governor of Ekiti state. In his speech, he stated that his primary focus will be on the development of the state agricultural potentials of the especially in the area of cocoa plantation and production.
According to him, agriculture which was neglected due to discovery of oil was the mainstay of the western region with which Chief Obafemi
Awolowo developed the region to an enviable height and that such the institution still remain the pride of Odua till Date.
To achieve this, the aspirant said he is partnering with international communities, an example of which is an Agro-based company in
Netherlands in the area of cocoa plantation and production. And this will be replicated in all the 3 senatorial districts of the state.
He promised to abolish the ministry of the establishment which had rendered many government employees in the ministry redundant and idle.
ABO said he will instead deploy people to farmlands where they can be fully engaged in productive capacities in addition to giving
Interest-free agricultural loans to youths that are interested in farming.
To achieve this, he said he had started making consultation with relevant stakeholders, commercial banks and other financial an institution with a view to raising the sum of N200 million with which the scheme can effectively takeoff as soon as he’s sworn-in as the executive governor in 2018.
He stated further that within the first 100 days in office, agriculture sector alone would have created 5000 jobs, the implication over-dependent on non-existing white collar jobs.
While encouraging Ekiti people to embrace Accord Party, Akogun Banji Ojo maintained that the party remains the only party that has not been tested either has it exhausted its potential or exposed its economic recovery programmes that will transform Ekiti State like other parties that have exhausted all their political tactics without achieving meaningful development in the state.
He lamented the misrule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and that of the All progressive party (APC) in the last 16 years which has not
brought any meaningful development to Ekiti state. He equally decried the act of recycling past governors, a situation which clearly indicated
that such past Governors have seen politics just as hobby or means to make ends meet rather than a genuine call to serve.
He decried, frowned and discouraged the situation whereby people will be cajoling to sell their vote by being given peanut and empty promises. This he said Accord party will address positively with all-purpose and intent. In discouraging the stakeholders, he asked them to trade the future of the next generation for a plate of porridge.
The aspirant maintained that welfare of the citizens will be the priority of an Accord lead government in Ekiti state. This will include challenged and the unemployed youths and provision of tools for artisans.
Akogun Banji Ojo promised to work assiduously on the state’s internally generated revenue to discourage the incident of reliance on allocation from the federal government at all times. He lamented and vow to discourage the money siphoning tactics of past administration where they embark upon bogus projects that have not bring much financial growth or rewards to the state.
In their reactions, the stakeholders prayed for his victory at the polls. They demanded accessibility to him after winning elections.
They equally advised him to adhere strictly to the slogan of Accord which is oneness and progress.
They equally advised him against bringing in foreigners (Ekiti people abroad) into governance positions at the detriment of those that
worked for the party’s victory.
They, however, called for the protection of civil servants that may be interested in working for the success of Accord party.
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