ABEOKUTA – Ogun State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Dapo Abiodun, has pledged to strengthen traditional institutions, if elected into office.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy visit to the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Adedotun Gbadebo, at his Ake Palace, Abeokuta, the state capital, on wednesday, the APC governorship said his administration would accord special status to the traditional rulers, as being the custodian of culture and heritage.
According to him, his visit to the Alake was informed by the need to give honour to the monarch, being the chairman, Ogun State Traditional Council, and to intimate him of his governorship ambition and also introduce his running mate, Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele to him.
Abiodun disclosed that he had come, not only to seek the blessing of the monarch before flagging off his campaign but also to curry for his prayer to enable him emerge victorious as the next governor of the state.
“I have come to give honour to whom honour is due, being the chairman, Ogun State Traditional Council.
“I have come to you to formally intimate you of my governorship ambition and also to introduce my running mate to you.
“Before kicking off my campaign, I have come not only to seek for your royal blessing but also to curry for your prayer to emerge victorious as the next governor of Ogun State.
“Before coming here, President Muhammadu Buhari is aware of my planned visit to your Palace”, said Abiodun.
However, apart from building on Gov Ibikunle Amosun’s legacy, the APC governorship candidate promised that his government would continue to accord special status to Abeokuta, being the capital of the state.
But in his response, Oba Gbadebo prayed for the victory of the APC governorship candidate in the upcoming 2019 general elections.