It was gathered that the candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has vowed to reinstate the 60 lecturers of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, whose appointment were terminated by the management of the institution in 2012.
Akeredolu said this on Saturday when his campaign train stormed Akungba Akoko in Akoko South West Local Government Area of the state.
Akeredolu, fondly called Aketi by his admirers, also promised to establish the AAUA College of Medicine if elected.
The 60 varsity dons were allegedly dismissed on the order of the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, for supporting Akeredolu in 2012 when he ran for governor on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria.
“I am here today first and foremost to thank you for your usual support for me,” Akeredolu declared amidst thunderous applause from over 5,000 supporters of the APC at the event.
Akeredolu emerged victorious in Akungba Akoko as the the candidate of the ACN in the 2012 governorship election in the state.
He added at the rally on Saturday: “I want to assure you again that I remain committed to the development of Akungbaland.
“The only way I can immortalize our father, Adefarati, is to develop Akungba.”
Adefarati was the governor of Ondo State between 1999 and 2003.
He hails from Akungba Akoko.
Speaking further, Akeredolu said: “By God grace, if you vote for me and I am returned elected, I will establish AAUA College of Medicine.
“The 60 lecturers sacked from our university for exercising their legitimate rights shall be reinstated with all deserving benefits fully paid.
“The roads around Akungba metropolis shall be given a sanctimonious attention.
“I can assure you that you won’t have any cause to regret if you send me to Alagbaka.”
Responding on behalf of the people of Akungba, the President of Akungba Development Union, Rev. Femi Ekundayo, assured Akeredolu that the people of the town will not betray Adefarati by voting for those who send him into early grave.
Akeredolu had before coming to Akungba moved his campaign team to Oba-Akoko, Ikun-Akoko, Supare-Akoko and Etioro Akoko.
On the campaign train with Akeredolu were former Deputy Governor of the state, Alli Olanusi; the Director General of the campaign, Rt. Hon. Victor Olabimtan; former Speaker, Taofiq Abdusalam; the scion of the Adefarati dynasty, Gboyega; and all APC members in the state House of Assembly.