OGSG LG: Dapo Abiodun Flags Off Campaign, Promises LG Autonomy
ABEOKUTA – Dapo Abiodun, the governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State, Monday, flagged off his campaign with a promise to return power to the people through the local government.
Abiodun said the only way to deliver his policy documents is to return power to chairmen of all local governments in the state so as to ensure that the council bosses no longer need to go to Abeokuta, the state capital, to beg for funds from the governor before they can run their administration.
He reiterated that his administration will be commitment to keeping all electoral promises if he emerged as the next governor of the state.
Addressing a crowd of party faithful at Atan, administrative headquarters of Ijebu North-East Local Government Area, on Monday, Abiodun stressed that his administration is desirous of implementing all programmes as contained in his policy documents, if he is elected into office.
“By returning power to local government chairmen to operate unfettered, council bosses will no longer have to go to Abeokuta to beg for funds to run their administration.
“They will be like mayors, like what we have in the advanced countries. By so doing, they will have time to deliver good programmes for the people of their immediate communities.
“Also, there will be prompt payment of salaries of teachers and civil servants in the state, without delay”, said Abiodun.
Besides, he reminded the inhabitants of the local government of the pledge he made in 2015 when he was jostling for Ogun East district ticket as senator on the platform of the APC and how he made good of his promise with personal donation of six transformers to Isonyin, Eruwon and eight other communities that were without electricity for almost 10 years.
The APC governorship candidate, however, sought for the massive votes of the inhabitants of the local government, as evidenced in 2015, to enable him emerge victorious at the governorship poll.
“Don’t be confused, but ensure you cast your votes for us as your next governor of Ogun State.
“You should know where you are coming from and know where you are going,” said Abiodun.
Former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Sen Gbenga Kaka also appealed to the people of Ijebu North-East to be wary of candidates they are going to vote for, in the forthcoming general elections.
He said except those who are blind would not be able to differentiate what is good from bad.
“Except those who are blind would not be able to differentiate what is good from bad. You are to follow a right path by casting your votes for a good candidate like Dapo Abiodun as your next governor of Ogun State.”
Meanwhile, no fewer than 2,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Accord Party (AP) and Action Democratic Party (ADP) within the local government dumped the three parties and declared their support for the governorship ambition of the APC candidate.
In the same vein, about 50 traditional rulers under the aegis of Council of Baales drawn from various communities and villages within the local government have thrown their support for Abiodun.
Spokesperson of the Council of Baales, High Chief Durojaiye Olugbode, stressed that the landmark kindness the APC governorship candidate has recorded when he was vying for Ogun East Senatorial District seat in 2015 made them to endorse him as their governorship candidate.
He said Abiodun redeemed his pledge when their respective communities were in total darkness and he provided six transformers that have restored electricity.