Former militants in Ondo State, under the aegis of United Sea-Wolf Avengers, have declared support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal constituency, Kolade Akinjo, in the February 25 election.
The ex-militants announced this at a news conference by their leader, “General” Deji Ehinmowo, in Akure on Friday.
Mr Akinjo, a former Special Assistant to President Olusegun Obasanjo on Students and Youth affairs, is the lawmaker representing Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal constituency.
Mr Ehinmowo urged electorate in the constituency to support and vote for Mr Akinjo based on his achievements in education and infrastructural development, and poverty alleviation programmes.
He appealed to eligible voters to shun the use of hate speech and violent utterances, and deliberate on issues of performance.
“We’re supporting Akinjo, not because he is an Ilaje indigene, but because we have seen a better quality in him.
“Akinjo has invested so much in Ilaje/Ese-Odo Federal constituency in the areas of infrastructural development and human capital development.
“Today, there are evidence of road construction, provision of potable water, construction of foot bridges and culverts, alleviation programmes among others in the constituency by Akinjo.
“We, the United Sea-Wolf Avengers, have started mobilising our members and resources across the constituency for the PDP candidate, Kolade Akinjo, due to his track records.
“Although, l’m a bonafide member of APC in Ondo state, but presently mobilising support for the PDP candidate, Kolade Akinjo, in the forthcoming election.
“We will take our campaigns to Ilaje Constituency 1(Ugbo), Ilaje Constituency 2 (Mahin/Aheri/Etikan/and Ese-Odo Constituency that make up Ilaje/Ese-Oso Federal constituency,” he said.
Mr Ehinmowo said about 230 former agitators have commenced house-to-house campaign for the PDP candidate as part of their efforts to ensure his victory in the election.
He lamented that there was no project instituted in the oil producing communities of Ilaje recently by the government.
“It is disheartening, that the oil producing communities in Ilaje did not fill the effect of the oil derivation funds disbursed to Ondo state recently,” the former agitators leader said.