The governorship flag bearer of the Unity Party of Nigeria, (UPN) in the November 26 election in Ondo State, Barrister Bola Aidi has assured civil servants in the State that if he is elected governor ,he would ensure the payment of backlog of salaries owed them by the present administration within the first three months of his tenure.
Bola Aidi who gave the assurance while addressing a press conference in Akure on Monday, explained that the State has no reason not to pay its workers because it has the capacity and resources to pay as and when due.
He noted with lamentation the inability of the Mimiko led administration to pay workers about close to six months salary, linking it to what he termed “misapplication of the States funds and resources and lack of focus of thee leadership.”
According to the UPN flag bearer, who by all standard could be said to be outstandingly successful in his legal profession ; “if elected as governor under the UPN, our party would redirect the application of all the States resources within the first three months of our tenure, we will pay every backlog of salary owed workers in the State.”’
He wondered why the present administration led by Governor Olusegun Mimiko could not pay workers salary for six months, yet felt it was important for her to roll out palliatives and caterpillars to work on roads few days to the conduct of election.
He queried ; “Where did they now get this money? It is already now very clear that they are attempting to bribe the conscience of the people.”
Bola Aidi vehemently condemned what he termed the neglect by the present administration of the northern and southern senatorial zones in terms of infrastructural development in the two zones ,a situation which he claimed has continued to dot their landscape with tales of hardship.
He described the UPN as a political party built on principles and policies with memories of credible legacies still existing for all to see to its credit within the south west in sharp contrast to ad-hoc legacies of successive leaders and administrations.
Bola Aidi assured that the UPN which he referred to as the grandfather of all political parties in the south west is back strong in Ondo State with a determination to win in the forthcoming election in order to build on the foundation of development which the party founding fathers from the days of Action Group laid in the 50’s, but all of which successive administrations refused to improve and build on in Ondo State so as to once again give the people better life.