Leaders and members of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Saturday defied the early morning rain in Akure, the Ondo State capital, and assembled at the Democracy Park to flag-off the campaign for the party's gubernatorial candidate for the October 20 election, Chief Olusola Oke.
The event also attracted the party's national leaders, including former president Olusegun Obasanjo, the deputy national chairman, Sam Sam Jaja, the former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Agagu, the national vice-chairman for South West, Mr Segun Oni and the national Women Leader of the party, Dr Kema Chikwe.
Other dignitaries were serving senators, the former minister of defence, Prince Tokunbo Kayode, the special adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Niger Delta Affairs, Hon Kingsley Kuku, Otunba Oyewole Fasawe, among others.
One after the other, the leaders of the party said it was time for the PDP to return to the Government House, Alagbaka , alleging that things have gone bad in Ondo State in the last three and half years.
Specifically, the former governor, Agagu who recalled all the good things that the PDP government did when he was in office between 2003 and 2009, urged the people to come out and vote en-masse for the government that served them truly when he was in office.
Agagu expressed sadness that all the good projects started by his administration that were meant to improve the lives of the people, particularly to provide employment for the youths, were abandoned by the incumbent administration.
The former governor said he would lead the campaign of Oke from house to house urging the people of the state to avoid been deceived again, adding that the Labour Party did not only squandered the resources of the state but mortgaged the future of the state.
Speaking humorously Obasanjo urged those leaders and members of the party, who were supposed to be at the event but decided to stay away, to refrain from playing a spoiler's role.
Obasanjo, who described Oke as a very credible candidate said it was wrong for anybody in a particular party to work for any other party than his own.
He urged the people to vote for the PDP candidate assuring them that the security agents would do their jobs accordingly and protect them.
Addressing the crowd, the PDP candidate, Oke, said the state had been in the dark in the last three and half years, saying he was on a rescue mission in the state.
Oke said despite over N500 billion that was accrued to the state, there was nothing to show for it apart from cosmetic projects , which, he said, have no impact on the lives of the people.
The candidate promised to complete all the projects initiated by the PDP government but which were abandoned by the incumbent administration.