Leaders of the All Progressives Congress APC today met at the Government secretariat Agodi in Ibadan to deliberate on issues affecting the party in preparation for the coming elections in Osun and Ekiti.
National leader of the party Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and National Deputy Chairman South ,Engineer Segun Oni and some notable stakeholders including Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Works Power and Housing Babatunde Raji Fashola were not present at the meeting .
Apart from the Chief host, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, other stakeholders at the meeting includes Former Governor Of Oyo State Otunba Alao Akala, Deputy Speaker Of the Federal House Of Representative Hon. Lasun Yussuff, Former governor of Osun state Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and former Ogun state Governor, Chief Olusegun Osoba
Others were Akinwunmi Ambode Lagos State Gov., Sen. Olusola Adeyeye. Chief Pius Akinyelure, Barrister Adebayo Shittu Min. Of Communication, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, of the state of Osun Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state. Dr. Kayode Fayemi,Minister of Mineral resources , Majority House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief Bisi Akande, among others.
Ajimobi said, “Let me state here that as leaders, it is incumbent on us to brainstorm and forge a unity of purpose which will be beneficial to the people who have put us into these leadership positions.
“Our past leaders, wherever they found themselves, used to exhibit such attributes as vision, determination, selflessness, courage, steadfastness and passion for the emancipation of their people.
“We must, therefore, renew our resolve to re-enact these qualities in order to bring back the lost glory of our region and reposition it for our people, in order that they may enjoy the full benefits of entrusting our party with their destinies.”
In the last three years, he said that the party had recorded tremendous achievements worthy of celebration, noting, however that there was the need for the APC to focus attention on agriculture to boost the country’s economy.
According to him, the region had comparative advantage in agriculture, given its vast arable land, highest concentration of agric research institutes, clement weather and the location of Ikere Gorge Dam, which has the capacity to irrigate the entire region, in Oke Ogun area of Oyo State.
Ajimobi said, “We must become the food basket of Nigeria through integrated farming and value addition. In this regard, the completion of Ikere Gorge Dam, which has multidimensional benefits to agriculture, water supply and electricity, is imperative.
“We must ensure speedy completion of the ongoing expansion of the Lagos-Ibadan Express way, the rail projects and other infrastructural development. Our representatives at the national assembly must be ready to support the region if and when it decides to show interest in who runs the planned concession of the Murtala Mohammed International Airport.
“On the political front, the gubernatorial elections for Ekiti and Osun are fast approaching. All hands must be on deck to ensure victory for our party.”