The All Progressives Congress(APC) senatorial candidate for Ogun East Senatorial District, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Wednesday, 31st December, 2014, distributed thousands of bags of rice to the party executives in all electoral units, wards and local councils in all the nine local government areas which make up the senatorial district.
Addressing the party executives at a meeting at Ijebu North East local council secretariat, Atan, Prince Abiodun stated that his visit to the area became necessary because of the huge support given to him by the people during the party primaries which he said contributed tremendously to his emergence as the winner.
He appreciated the people for their support for him despite the fact that one of his co-contestants is from their council area.
The APC senatorial candidate assured the people of the senatorial district that on market days in each of the wards in the nine local governments, bags of rice would henceforth be distributed to market women and men in the senatorial district.
According him, the party executives from the unit to local government levels would inform party members and supporters about the days chosen for distribution in each ward for the people to come out en mass to collect their bags of rice.
He also noted that apart from four litre of kerosene that would be distributed at all the electoral units, party members would also get kegs of vegetable oil.
He noted that the gesture is a foretaste of what the people will benefit from him when they eventually elect him during the February general election, adding that they should however guard their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) as that is their means of guaranteeing that such benefits continue.
By the middle of January, he said the first set of beneficiaries of the soft loans he had arranged with a commercial bank for empowerment of women, particularly the market women would have access to the fund.
Prince Abiodun, however, explained that the motive behind the distribution of the commodities was to cushion the effect of the current economic situation in the country, particularly during the New Year celebration.
He dismissed the insinuation that the gifts are being shared in exchange for votes. The APC candidate noted that his counsel for the people to protect their PVCs is a way of encouraging them to take their civic responsibilities.
Fielding questions from the attendees, Prince Abiodun disclosed that the state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has concluded plans to grade some of their roads, assuring them he would shoulder the responsibility of grading those the state government would not be able to attend to now.
He noted he would only attend to some of the numerous problems presented before him by the people before the election, adding that he would tackle the rest thereafter.
Present at the event were the state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Mrs. Elizabeth Sonubi; the Ijebu North East Local Government Chairman, Femi Odufowokan; and his counterpart from Ikenne Local Council, Tajudeen Salako; among several chieftains of the party.