By Collins Dupson, 23rd March, 2023
The Chairman of the State Universal Education Board,Rt Hon Victor Olabimtan has withdrawn from the Ondo North Senatorial race, saying for equity and fairness, Akoko North Federal Constituency should produced next member of the Senate.
The State read:
istinguished Leaders /Friends,
*MY POSITION ON ONDO NORTH SENATORIAL SEAT FOR 2023*
Equity and altruism are my guiding principles; not only in politics, but also in all strata of life. This accounted for my uncompromising stand that the North must produce the next governor and that the person must do two terms, before and after the emergence of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu as the Governor of Ondo State.
Owo/ Ose Federal constituency, having produced the incumbent Governor, it was expected that the senate seat would remain in Akoko side of the North senatorial district.
You, my leaders and friends, not just from the North but also across the State, have been prompting me to take up the challenge and contest for the Ondo North senatorial seat. As noble and inspiring as this seem, I am using this medium to inform you of my decision not to contest for the Ondo North Senatorial seat in the interest of equity and fairness.
My voyage into politics was born out of sheer passion for service and desire to contribute my own quota to making life better and more meaningful for the generality of our people. Therefore, if my interest is truly to serve my people, I should be objective, selfless and pragmatic in the pursuit of my ambition.
Akoko is made up of two (2) Federal constituencies; North and South. In this present democratic dispensation, since 1999, Akoko South Federal constituency has had the fortune of producing a Governor, Chief Adebayo Adefarati; a Deputy Governor Alhaji Ali Olanusi and; a 3-term senator, who is the incumbent, Senator Ajayi Borofice. In the interest of equity and equality, I am therefore of the opinion that Akoko North Federal constituency should be allowed to produce the next Senator to represent Ondo North in the 10th Assembly.
I am, therefore, officially announcing my withdrawal from the senatorial race and pledge to work with and support our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to produce the next Senator for Ondo North from Akoko North federal constituency. May God lead us right, and may the best from Akoko North Federal constituency represent Ondo North at the senate of the 10th Assembly.
I thank God for how far He has used me for our people, for what He has done for me, and for making you to be part of my life’s political trajectory. I owe my political achievements to your prayers, guidance, support and love. You have remained my greatest treasure on this voyage, for which I will eternally be grateful.
As I continue to serve our people under the able, pragmatic, and altruistic leadership of our Governor Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, and in whatever capacity God bestow on me in the future, I appeal to you all to please accept and support my decision on this senatorial ticket, and join hands with me and the Leaders of our party as usual, to ensure victory for our party, not only in Ondo North but also across board.
Thank you all, for your usual considerations and support. May God continue to bless and use you for His glory.
Rt. Hon. Victor Adekanye Olabimtan