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Nothing is threatening my chance of becoming next Ondo governor – Akintelure



Dr Paul Akintelure, a Governorship Aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Nov. 16 election in Ondo state, says nothing is threatening his chance to be the next governor of the state.

Akintelure stated this in an interview with our reporter on Tuesday in Akure.

Akintelure was the running mate to late Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu in the 2012 governorship election in Ondo state on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

“There’s nothing that is threatening my chance in this process of forming leadership in Ondo State,” the governorship aspirant declared.

The Igbotako-born politician, in Okitipupa Local Government area of the state, urged the people of the state to be wary of people with “inordinate ambition and do-or-die politicians.”

“We must be able to know what you are doing and you must have second address in any political thinking or anything you want to do about ruling the people.

“If you don’t have second address, that is when this idea of do-or-die politics problem comes in,” Akintelure stated.

Akintelure said he had warned late Akeredolu about the people that surrounded him while in government.

“When Akeredolu was alive, I used to advise and tell him about how life is, and also warned him about the people around him,” he said.

Akintelure advised politicians in the state to stop using Akeredolu’s name to “score cheap political points and allow him rest”.

Akintelure, who also spoke on the protracted crisis rocking the State, urged the Federal Government to ensure that the remaining one year of the current administration leads to economic growth in the state.

“I want to admonish the Federal Government to ensure that the remaining one year of this administration is done in a way that peace return to Ondo State and any attempt to allow the gladiator to continue in government, I think the crisis will continue.

“So that the people would not suffer due to political tension caused by gladiators.

“We must be very, very careful about leadership recruitment in Ondo State.

“I think we are wasting too much time on crisis, the gladiators should allow peace to reign in the state.

“They should allow fresh blood, fresh ideas to come; people who are neutral.

“People who don’t have anything to do with the crisis that is going on in the state should be allowed to rule Ondo State, so that normalcy will return to the state,” he said.

Akintelure said he had suspended his campaign until after the burial of Akeredolu as a mark of respect for the departed former Governor.

Segun Giwa

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