Economy revitalisation dominates Ondo Governorship Debate

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

Economic revitalisation and re-engineering has been brought to the centre stage at the Ondo State Governorship Debate.

Olusola Oke of Alliance for Democracy (AD),  Jimoh Ibrahim of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Dr Olu Agunloye of Social Democratic Party (SDP) x-rayed how they intend to turn around the fortunes of Ondo State, if elected.

Olusola Oke (AD) an astute politician, who had contested for governorship position in the past, remarked that Ondo State had the longest coast line in Nigeria.

He promised to create wealth, employment as well as develop the rich minerals, human, agriculture and forest resources.

He,however denounced his criticism of being ‘politically unstable’.

Jimoh Ibrahim of PDP,  a successful business tycoon, who has also contested for the same position in the past, pledged to frontally tackle the State economic problems, “take away poverty, create a shared value and bring micro-economic development to the State.”

Ibrahim, who had been in the party for the past eight years said his participation, rather than being a ‘spoiler’ shall be a ‘vote in stability’.

He also promised to elevate the status of Ondo citizens through the abrogation of Personal Income Tax.

“I will make education free, make boarding school compulsory and it shall be free. Ondo Oil will be established and we shall create jobs and make billions out of it’,’ he promised.

He further stated that “The amount of cocoa being produced in Idanre and Ile Oluji is more than what Ghana produces, yet Ghana is rated number four cocoa producing nations in the world. I will establish Cocoa Commodity Board that will purchase directly from the farmers, through which we shall get foreign exchange,” Ibrahim said.

Olu Agunloye of the SDP is a former Minister of Power and former Minister of Defence, harped on good governance and fighting corruption through prudent management of the State resources.

He pledged his commitment to providing exemplary leadership with integrity.

One of the organisers, the Executive Director of Enough is Enough, Yemi Adamolekun said it was gratifying to have two of the three candidates, who participated in the last governorship debate four years ago.

She noted that debate was better than rallies, where aspirants merely make claims without opportunities to verify or challenge the claims.

The governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, Rotimi Akeredolu was absent.

The Debate in the oil producing State was organised by a consortium of Channels Television, the Enough is Enough initiative and the Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre.