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By: Ade Adeleke
…….says Eight Gov Aspirants from Owo show Governor’s Poor Scorecards.
……Ondo needs Extraordinary Person to manage Post COVID-19 Economy.
……He is ranting —Governor replies.
Ahead of the 10 October, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State, one of the leading Aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and successful Businessman, Prince Dapo Adelegan has declared that the incumbent, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu should be allowed to go and rest as he has no capacity to take the state to the next level of economic prosperity especially post COVID-19 lockdown.
Adelegan, who is also from Owo local government area like Akeredolu, noted that the governor had tried his best since February, 2017 when he took over but his scorecards in the public opinions showed that the people of the state were no longer comfortable with him for another 4year term.
Adelegan who tagged his campaign slogan “TOLUWALASE”, promised to use his blueprint tagged “ONDO GLOBAL and ONDO ADVANTAGE” to sell the state’s huge economic potentials to international community.
The APC Aspirant who spoke with newsmen in Akure, pointed out that the fact that about eight governorship aspirants from Owo town are showing interest to take over from Akeredolu clearly indicated that the governor had not displayed competence and compassion in running the affairs of the state.
Other Owo indigenes who are vying to contest 2020 election on the platform of the APC include; Chief Olaide Adelami, Barr Bukola Adetula, Mrs Jumoke Ajasin Anifowose, while from the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr (Hon) Bode Ayorinde Achievers and Hon Femi Adekanmbi are also contesting.
“How many Ondo indigenes contested against (Dr Olusegun) Mimiko when he recontested in 2012, none, because they felt he had done well for their town but nothing to show for Akeredolu’s over three years.
“(Late Chief Adekunle) Baba Ajasin did very well as the governor the state with small resources then, he established university, polytechnic, industries and set up first state-owned commercial Bank ‘Owena Bank’, but the current governor has no capacity to develop the state economic wise, though he has tried but no enough. He (Akeredolu) has dropped the standard of Owo people.”
“Ondo state people are praying daily for a better governor, go to the streets, sample opinions,” he said.
Adelegan however explained that as a successful entrepreneur who had helped some states including Lagos to enhance different sectors of their economy, he is prepared to lead the state to boost economic potentials of Ondo state.
He disclosed that as part of his vision to make Ondo state economic hub of Nigeria, Ore would be made Economic Capital city of the state while Akure will remain the seat of government.
The APC bigwig said if elected the governor of Ondo state, he would use his business prowess to create industrial estates in all the border towns in the state with different targets.
“We are in economic crisis with this COVID-19 pandemic, the world is facing extraordinary challenges, our state needs extraordinary person like me to be governor comes next years. Extraordinary time requires extraordinary person.
“He (Akeredolu) refused to seek expertise of prominent citizens of the state to contribute to the development of the state, all the economic advantages of the state remain untapped by government, we wait for federal allocation every month, we can’t grow like that. Where is the money now, the price of crude oil has crashed.
“He has no skill set to face extraordinary challenges, I have demonstrated over the years that I have the competence, knowledge and Compassion to lead our state. What is lacking in the leadership today are these three key qualities, those leading are not Competent, Knowledgeable and not Compassionate,” Adelegan said.
Reacting, Governor Akeredolu said Adelegan’s allegation did not worth his reaction for now especially as government continues fight against COVID-19.
Akeredolu who spoke through the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo said, “we have no reaction to allegations like these because they are perennial rantings of those who have chosen to place politics above the collective well being of the people at this critical period of the challenges posed by COVID-19.”