….Assures restoration of Electricity Supply to towns in Ondo South within 3 months.
….Assures urgent solution to backlog of salaries,allowances,pensions owed workers.
The governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 26 gubernatorial election in Ondo State, Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim commenced steps to win the election and prove skeptics and political watchers wrong as he flagged off his campaign on Wednesday.
Ibrahim ,popularly referred to as Araba while addressing the Jegun of Idepe, Oba Michael Adetoye and his chiefs at his palace assured that if elected he would within three months of assuming office as governor restore electricity supply to all the six council areas that made up the Southern Senatorial District of the State to end the prolonged suffering of the people of that area as a result of neglect by past successive administrations.
Though cleared by an order of a Abuja Federal High Court and still facing stiff challenge by Barrister Eyitayo Jegede, a candidate sponsored by sitting governor Segun Mimiko at the Court of Appeal, the business mongul (cladded in white attire), lamented what he termed “I don’t care” posture of Governor Olusegun Mimiko led administration to the plight of the people of the area in terms of provision of light in all the towns and villages within the Ondo South senatorial District of the state especially in the last three years..
The PDP governorship candidate who stormed the ancient town along with his supporters to canvass for votes of electorate in the forthcoming poll ,also visited the palace of Abodi of Ikoya, Oba Faduyile also promised to reintroduce the boarding system to Government owned secondary schools across the state, noting that only such system could bring back lost the glory and high education standards enjoyed by students in the past.
“The boarding system was what sharpened and built our educational and moral standards back then as students and this had continued to be our guide and approach to life in business engagements and political participation.
“The issue of electricity in this Senatorial District is very embarrassing and shameful. The last time I checked with BEDC, the company said the whole Senatorial District owed a backlog of unpaid bills of about N300 million which warranted the cutting off all the towns from the national grid.
“I promise within the first three months in the life our administration, we will pay up the whole debt and restore electricity so that the economy of our people here will improve and our artisans will be back to their jobs as electricians, saloon operators, iron welders, hotels and relaxation spot operators, as well as bring back the social lives in all these towns,” he assured emphatically.
Ibrahim, who hails from Igbotako in Okitipupa local government area noted that he deliberately commenced his campaign in Okitipupa to re-awake the consciousness of his people in Ikale land towards electing another of their own sons as the next governor of the state, stressing that the entire Southern Senatorial District had continued to suffer unprecedented neglect and infrastructural decade since 2009 when the late Olusegun Agagu, an Ikale man was unceremoniously removed as governor mid way to his second term in office.
He also assured the civil servants in the state that the payment of salaries, allowances, pensions and gratitudes will be the utmost priority of his government after taking over as governor by February 24, 2017.
“My first priority is the payment of workers salaries because payment of workers salaries will transform the micro-economic system of the state and increase the economic resilient to macro-ecomomic growth of the state.
“If you pay salaries the people will use it to buy their goods and services. There is a circular flow of income, which will translate to economic resilient, which transform to job opportunity. This is a state where the father and the mother are civil servants and also the pensioners.
“My plan will also be to transform this state from the present situation. To take away Injustice and bring justice, to take away ‘godfatherism’ where the Central Senatorial District completed eight years of two terms and still insisted that same Central must retain power for probably another eight years to the detriment of the two other Districts. This undemocratic act is what we are fighting to stop and ensure we take our people out from poverty to prosperity under the concepts of fairness, equity and justice.” he added
Barrister Jimoh Ibrahim/Ebenezer Alabi campaign train was welcomed by thousands of people of Ikoya, Idepe, Okitipupa, Irele, Ajagba, Ode-Aye and Ilutitun who trooped out in groups and lacing the rally with the traditional Biripo dance steps, masquerades, and other festival dances for which the area was known, while all the traditional rulers visited in Irele, Ode-Aye, and Ilutitun offered royal blessings and prayers for the success of PDP candidate at poll and in government.
Prominently visible on the campaign train were; the deputy governorship candidate, Ebenezer Alabi; PDP state chairman, Prince Biyi Poroye; two former Senators from the Southern Senatorial District, Omololu Meroyi and Hosea Ehinlanwo; former Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Bakitta Bello; former deputy speaker, Dare Emiola; Prof. Yemisi Akinyemiju; the director-general of JICO, Olabisi Johnson and PDP state women leader, Yemi Ajonibode.
Meanwhile, the party had distributed branded vehicles to appointed coordinators in the three senatorial zones of the State to aid house to house campaign in order to guarantee victory for the PDP candidate in the polls.