The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 26 gubernatorial election in Ondo State, Barrister Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has promised to show what good governance is all about in the state if elected.
Akeredolu, who is also a former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, stated this while chatting with journalists in Akure, the state capital at the weekend.
The legal luminary also declared that his administration will ensure that dividends of democracy get to the grassroot level in the state if elected governor.
Akeredolu, who noted that one of the ways grassroot people are denied good governance was through constitution of local government caretaker committees, promised to conduct local government election within few months if elected.
According to the former NBA boss, as long as there can never be a caretaker governor, there should not be a caretaker government at the local level.
He therefore vowed to conduct local government election within few months if elected, adding that his passion to turn the state to a place that would be envy by others remains intact.
He also assured to make workers’ welfare his priority, adding that he would put up a crack team that will turn the fortunes of the state around.
“From the day we come in, we will not owe salaries. We might not be able to pay arrears right away. It will soon be a thing of the past that we will ever owe salary. It will soon be a thing of the past that most civil servants are almost never paid leave allowances.
“Why run a caretaker local government if you cannot run a caretaker state government,” he queried, pledging to make the third tier of government more effective by conducting a free and fair election for the grassroot people to enjoy representative democracy.
“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.
“We are going to do our best and I am aware they are going to give us a tough test but we will win”
He expressed dismay over the anti-party activities of some APC members, who are allegedly supporting another political party and candidate for the November poll.
“Now that we have one party, we have one candidate, I believe we should have one voice,” he said, hinging the unity for a new government that “will fight for the people of this state. We will run a state where the welfare of the civil servants will be top priority. We cannot compromise it.”