Akeredolu, others task N-Power beneficiaries on Buhari’s re-election

[FILES] Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu. Photo/Twitter/GOVONDO

“Those whose palm kernel were cracked by benevolent spirit should not forget to be grateful” seems to be what Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State is reminding beneficiaries of the N-Power scheme.

He has charged them to reciprocate the gesture of President Muhammadu Buhari to engage them through N-Power, urging them to ensure his re-election in the forthcoming general election.

N-power is a project of the federal government under Buhari to reduce the high rate of unemployment among Nigerian graduates.

Akeredolu gave the charge at an interface with over 16,000 N-Power beneficiaries in Akure on Tuesday, noting that the scheme would enable other people to benefit and improve on their socio-economic wellbeing.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation and National Coordinator of N-Power Programme, Mr. Afolabi Imoukuede, led the volunteers to the first single and biggest gathering across the nation.

The road show, a solidarity walk for the Buhari-led government by the N-Power beneficiaries, across Akure culminated at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Arcade in the state.

Governor Akeredolu, who noted that the scheme has given many Nigerian youths opportunity to explore their talents, demanded its continuity.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has explained that his assertion that the “Kwara Berlin Wall has been Broken” following the November 17, 2018 by-election in the Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero federal constituency of Kwara State was in reference to Senate President Bukola Saraki’s political dynasty and not the Ilorin Emirate.

He however insisted that the defeat suffered by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was a foretaste of the forthcoming general elections in the state, adding that no amount of lie or act of desperation would save the party from defeat.

Reacting to a press conference addressed by the Ilorin Emirate Magaji/Alangua Forum, the minister claimed that “the people of Kwara have totally rejected those who have appropriated the state’s commonwealth to themselves to the detriment of the long suffering people.”

He said: “My attention has been drawn to a press conference addressed by the
Ilorin Emirate Magaji/Alangua Forum in Ilorin on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, during which I was alleged to have said that the ‘Berlin Wall’ of the Ilorin Emirate had been broken by the outcome of the November 17, 2018 by-election in the Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara State.

“Those who are grappling at straws, having realised that their hegemonic hold on Kwara is coming to an end, are the instigators of this lie from hell that the Berlin Wall of the emirates has been broken.

“The traditional chiefs, who echoed the fake news concocted by the fading political warlords of Kwara, should be wary of doing anyone’s hatchet jobs. They should not allow themselves to be used to denigrate the revered Ilorin Emirate, which should be absolutely non-partisan. The traditional chiefs must realise that it is only by standing up for truth and justice that they can most effectively play their role of maintaining the ‘ever solid wall of peace, unity, progress and stability’ in the emirate.”

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