President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC are throwing all their weight in support of Rotimi Akeredolu SAN, their candidate in the forthcoming Ondo polls.
President Buhari is to lead the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a rally for the APC gubernatorial candidate in Ondo state.
Join Naij.com as we take you through the entire rally in Ondo state which is spearheaded by President Buhari.
14:45 – Police band plays the national anthem, the rally compere carries out closing formalities, President Buhari steps down from the podium with all governors and the Senate President, following behind.
14:43 – Aketi speaks in the language the people can understand, he urges the people to vote massively, cuts his speech short with the song “godwin”
Aketi is given the opportunity to address the crowd and the President Buhari
14:36 – President Muhammadu Buhari takes central stage, as Oyegun presents Aketi
President Muhammadu Buhari presents Aketi as the trusted canmdidate to deliver the mandate of the Ondo people.
Chief John Oyegun urging the Ondo people to show with thunderous echoes, that they appreciate the presence of Nigeria’s presence
Chief John Oyegun beckoning on the Ondo people to support Aketi if the want to witness progress.
Everyone on the rostrum is asked to go back to their seats as President Muhammadu Buhari is about to be presented to the people.
14:25 – National women leader of the APC waters the ground with warm greetings, just before the chairman makes his speech
Chairman, Chief Oyegun has been invited to the stage as the APC tries to enact something symbolic.
“Those in favour Aketi will be the next governor of Ondo state, say I, the I’s have it” – The Senate President ends his speech
“Vote APC and more development will come to Ondo state” – Saraki comes down to earth, pleading with the Ondo paople.
14:18 – The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has been invited to the podium
Senate President Bukola Saraki says no one is as competent to rule Ondo state, as Aketi is.
14:15 – “A tu gbo do gbe-ra –wa yele-yele mo! “ Governor Amosun goes into Yoruba to reach the hearts of the people.
“Let me alert all of us here that what we are about to do is not just about Aketi alone” – Governor Amosun
14:11 Governor Amosun of Ogun state begins his oration by eulogizing President Buhari.
“You have to recover your honesty, and that’s why you will come together and vote for him” – Governor Ganduje
“Papa Deceive Pikin, Pikin Deceive Papa, Poverty Development Party”- Oshiomhole rouses the crowd with a heightened oration as the governor of Kano state takes to the stage.
“When your heart is clean, God will bless you eventually” – Oshiomhole keeps the crowd spellbound.
“What happened in Edo, shall also happen in Ondo” – Oshiomhole charges party faithfuls, as President Buhari smiles on.
13:58 – Oshiomhole takes the microphone, cast aspersions at PDP and the crowd cheers rancorously.
“0n the day of election, drag your father, your mother, your children, all of you should go and vote” – Yahaya Bello
13:52 – Governor Yahaya Bello takes to the stage
13:51 – Aketi is a man chosen by God says Governor Okorocha, as he annpounces to the Ondo People that the APC victory has been signed, sealed and delivered.
Governor Rochas Okorocha urging Ondo state to not make the mistake of voting any other party which is not APC
13:47 – Rochas Okorocha takes the rostrum, given opening orations to the delight of the Akure people.
No fewer that 25 state governors of the party, Federal Executive Council, FEC members, national assembly members, ministers and other party chieftains are also expected at the rally slated for the Democracy Park, Akure.
The Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo is also expected to grace the ceremony.
It remains uncertain if the former governor of Lagos state Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Osun state governor Rauf Aregbesola and Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode would be attending the rally.
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This is because of the no love lost between the Tinubu camp and that of Akeredolu over his emergence as the candidate of the party.
It was gathered that buses have been sent to all the 203 wards across the state to mobilize party members to the rally.
The national chairman of the Party Chief John Oyegun will lead the National Executive Committee NEC members to the rally ahead of next week election.
Oyegun had led state governors, ministers and national assembly members to the flag off of the campaign of Akeredolu last week. Today’s mega rally would be the last before the November 26 governorship election.
President Buhari and the leadership of the party are billed to arrive the state capital by 10am.
The state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko is expected to receive the president at the Akure Airport today, November 19.
The President’s advanced team had arrived the state capital on Thursday.
Meanwhile, there are fears that President Buhari might not make it to the rally after all, this is as a tweet by the All Progressives Congress (APC) shows that the delegation to Ondo state will be led by the party’s national chairman, Chief Oyegun.
APC delegation led by the National Chairman, Chief Oyegun, departs Abuja now for Ondo, to attend rally pic.twitter.com/tHefoJknMr
— APC Nigeria (@APCNigeria) November 19, 2016