By James Sowole in Akure
The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorhip candidate for the November 26 election in Ondo State, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, at the weekend said the forthcoming poll would be a tough one but expressed optimism that he would surely win the poll.
Akeredolu, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), stated this in Akure during a chat with journalists, saying he came into the race not because he has nothing to do but to show the people what good governance is all about.
According to the candidate, who is also a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of the state, former aspirants for the APC ticket, who sincerely loved the party and committed to the state project, have joined him on the mission to rescue the state.
“The welfare of workers will be our top priority. We will ensure we pay all the salaries and arrears. We won’t owe salary. We know there is no money anywhere. We know that the debt of the state is scaring but we are not scared because we have crack men that will do the job.
“Our focus is to make Ondo State a place that will be envy by other states. It will be a thing of the past that pensioners and workers are being owned,” he said.
Akeredolu promised that his administration would ensure that dividends of democracy get the grassroots in the state by putting in place proper local government administration, noting that one of the ways through which people at the grassroots were being denied good things is through caretaker committee in local government.
He therefore promised that local government elections would be conducted as at when due if he is elected into power.
“As long as there cannot be a caretaker governor, there should not be a caretaker government at the local level. Election shall be conducted so that the people at the grassroots can feel the governance.
“We are going to do our best and I am aware they are going to give us a tough test but we will win by the grace of God and commitment of the people that are yearning for good governance”, Akeredolu said.