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APC remains the best option for Nigeria – Makinde Araoye

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Makinde Araoye, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Ekiti state, has said the APC is the best option for Nigerians.

Araoye, the founder of MKD Araoye Foundation, said this at the 16th Edition of the Social Security Empowerment programme for the Indigent Senior Citizens powered by his foundation held in Omuo-Ekiti, the Headquarters of Ekiti East Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The programme, held in full compliance with COVID-19 prevention measures, provided grants to over 500 vulnerable people from across the Ekiti South Senatorial District.

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The son of late Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Matthew Araoye, took the opportunity to comment on the upcoming electoral cycles in Ekiti in 2022, and at the federal level in 2023, saying that the APC remains the best option for Nigeria to continue on the path of development and progress.

He called for Ekiti people to continue to support the administration of Governor Fayemi, who he said has done very well, and would finish well, saying “going by the governor’s achievements and goodwill across the country, i am certain that a greater role awaits him in the future.”

Speaking further, Makinde Araoye said “I have a message for all the members of my generation here present: let me say very expressly to you that the panacea for a greater Nigeria lies in the hands of the All Progressives Congress. Very soon, Nigerians will start witnessing the positive effect of our policies in all strata of development.

“I therefore appeal to the younger generation to now sorosoke. The future belongs to us. Please, join this progressive platform called APC so that we can use our population, energy and passion to effect a positive change. The time is now,” Araoye, said.

Araoye explained that the social welfare interventions are modelled after the progressive programmes and policies of the Fayemi-led APC administration and are meant to support government efforts to provide succor for the vulnerable, and uplift as many people as possible from poverty, so they can live productive lives in dignity.

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He said “I started it in my ward in Ilawe-Ekiti, and then extended it to Ekiti South Local Government Area, and hosted subsequent editions in Ikere, Ise/Orun, Emure, Gbonyin. Now it is the turn of Ekiti East Local Government Area.

“I thank all those who have supported me since this journey of humanitarian service began. From our party leaders to our traditional rulers, mothers, fathers, youths, students, the artisans, and all stakeholders who have continued to be our pillars of support, I salute you all. I also thank all my family, friends, and partners of the MKD Araoye Foundation for the sustained support – I am deeply grateful.

“I urge that we all continue in the task of building Ekiti state, because the government can not do it alone. It is our duty to contribute our own quota to the development of our homeland.”

The social security scheme for the elderly which is designed to give out monthly cash and food items to the indigent has made Makinde Araoye popular among the senior citizens and drawn him closer to the grassroots in Ekiti South Senatorial district.

One of the beneficiaries of the social security scheme, Madam Julianah Ajayi, 89, and a widow, urged Nigerian leaders, especially, the younger generation to emulate Araoye, saying “he started this programme almost ten years now and he has sustained it – this is an indication that he is passionate about it.

Araoye currently serves as the Special Adviser to the Governor Fayemi on Federal Matters. He has a first degree in Accounting and Information Systems, and an MBA in Finance and Public Administration from Georgia State University, Atlanta, United States, and is a chartered accountant and project management professional whose work experience of over two decades straddles the private and public sectors both in the United States, United Kingdom, and Nigeria.

In his remarks, the state Chairman of the APC, commended Araoye for the good work he has been doing in mobilising for the party, and helping people at the grassroots, saying he is especially pleased that a new generation of young people are following in the path of the older generation of progressives.

Aside Omotosho, other dignitaries present at the event were the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Hon Michael Awopetu Commissioner, Local Government Service Commission, Hon Bisi Dada and the APC state Secretary, Mr. Kayode Ogunsakin.

Others were State APC Women Leader, Chief (Mrs) Afuye, Ekiti South Senatorial Women Leader, Mrs Abiodun Adeshina, Ekiti South Senatorial Chairman, Chief Akinbobola Akindele and all Ekiti South Senatorial party Executives.

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