A group of Akure indigenes, the Initiative For Akure Rebirth, on Tuesday said the people of Akure North/South Federal Constituency will benefit a lot from the representation of Prince Abiodun Derin Adesida in the House of Representatives.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is expected to conduct a by-election in the Federal Constituency following the death of Adedayo Omolafe Expensive, its former representative.
Dr. Abayomi Oladimeji, the coordinator of the group, said in a statement given to newsmen in Akure, Ondo State capital, that Prince Adesida deserves the mandate of the people of the constituency if his antecedents are considered.
“We are a group of Akure indigenes, both home and abroad. It is our cherished desire that Prince Abiodun Derin Adesida should return to the House of Representatives, considering his notable achievements when he was at the green chamber of the National Assembly between 2007 and 2011.
“During his presence in the House, Prince Adesida assisted 52 Akure indigenes to secure employment with the Nigeria Custom & Excise. Any of these indigenes is a potential Comptroller-General of Custom depending on how they improve and conduct themselves.
“He influenced the installation of N6 billion power transmission sub-station in the Federal Constituency. The giant project is sited along Akure/Owo road. At its completion, the people of the state will no longer rely on Osogbo for the transmission of electricity to the state.
“It is also on record that he was the one who influenced the installation of N150 million worth of 132/33 KV Power Distribution Sub-Station to boost power distribution in Akure South. The project is located Opposite Arcade Ground, Igbatoro road, Alagbaka, Akure.
“During that period, he also distributed 30 transformers within the federal constituency to boost power distribution in both Akure North and Akure South.
“He built blocks of classrooms for schools, embarked on water and road projects, empowered a great number of our people and had among his achievements bills and motions that sought to bring progress and development.
“This is the kind of person we need to represent us in the House; a person who has the right connections; a person who knows how to lobby and influence things for his people; and a person who understands the meaning of purposeful and productive representation.
“We have decided to work for him; to mobilize support for his bid; to do all we can to ensure he returns to the House. We are doing this in the interest of the federal constituency”, he said.