President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for the Ondo State Governorship election slated for Oct. The National Caretaker Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mai Mala Buni, confirmed the development after he presented the candidate to the Mr. president at the State House on Friday in Abuja. Speaking to State House correspondents after the endorsement, Buni expressed optimism that the APC candidate would win the October governorship poll in Ondo. While responding to questions from newsmen after the endorsement, Buni said the president's blessing must be secured ahead of the take-off APC campaign in Ondo State today.
"We are here today to present our candidate to Mr. President, being the leader of the party for his blessing. That has always been the practice. We cannot kick-start our campaign without his endorsement and that is what we just done," he said.
According to him, President Buhari endorsed Akeredolu because he was aware of his high level of performance in the last four years in Ondo state.
“Like I have earlier said, Mr. President has endorsed him and he commended him for his efforts in the last four years as he is aware of the transformation and the development he has made in the last four years.
“APC is the only party that can win the election in Ondo, not only because APC as a party is the only party but because the governor there is performing and has performed, the people of Ondo State have seen themselves and have agreed with themselves that yes, he is the only man they can trust for the next four years.
“So, Mr. President has made it and has endorsed him. That’s what we have been looking for, his blessing, his endorsement, his encouragement, and his support and we have got that already,” he said.