Gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Monday flagged – off his campaign at Atan, the headquarters of Ijebu North East Local Government Area, pledging to keep his electioneering promises if elected Governor come March 2, this year.
Abiodun, who received rousing welcome and support of thousands of party faithful and supporters, said that his administration would implementing programmes contained in his policy documents, if he is elected into office.
The frontline governorship candidate and successful entrepreneur, added that the only way to deliver his policy documents would be by returning power to the Local Governments in the state to enable them perform their constitutional roles effectively and efficiently.
He rued the situation where Local Government Chairmen would have to first run to Abeokuta routinely begging for funds from the Governor before they could perform even fractions of their rudimentary roles.
He said: “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 delivering.”
He recalled that indigenes and residents of the Local Government would not forget that when he pledged in 2015 while jostling for Ogun East Senatorial seat on the platform of the APC, 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 Governorship hopeful appealed for the massive votes of the Local government as was done in 2015, to enable him emerge victorious at the governorship poll.
“Don’t be confused, but ensure you cast your votes for as your next governor of Ogun State. You should know where you are coming from and know where you are going,” he said.
Former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Sen Gbenga Kaka, 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 bind would not be able to differentiate what is good from bad.
Kaka said:”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.
He and his running mate, Mrs Noimot Salako-Oyedele, enjoy strong support from the Federal, State and local government levels.”
However, no fewer than 2,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Accord Party (AP) and Action Democratic Party (ADP) in the Local Government dumped the three parties and declared their support for Abiodun and APC.
Also, about 50 traditional rulers under the aegis of Council of Baales drawn from various communities and villages within the local government expressed support for Abiodun governorship ambition and prayed for his success at the polls.
Spokesperson of the Council of Baales, High Chief Durojaiye Olugbode, said the landmark kindness of the APC governorship candidate as recorded when he was contesting for Ogun East Senatorial seat in 2015 spurred 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.
Earlier in the day, executives and members of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ijebu-Ode branch, who had converged on the Palace of the Olisa of Ijebu – Ode, High Chief Rasheed Adesanya, also prayed and endorsed the APC candidate as the next governor of the state.
Notable personalities in attendance include Olorogun Sunny Kuku, Chief Olu Okuboyejo, Sen Dipo Odujinrin, Sen Gbenga Obadara, Dr Femi Majekodunmi, Chief (Mrs) Lola Oduwole, Maj Richard Ajayi (rtd), among others