…launches manifesto, promises return of missionary schools to owners
…ADC billboards were removed for not paying signage fees—Amosun’s Media aide
By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
Ogun State governorship candidate of African Democratic Congress, (ADC) Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka while kicking off his 2019 gubernatorial campaign and launch of his manifesto over the weekend at Abeokuta has accused Ogun state government of political intolerance for removing the billboards of the party mounted across the state capital.
Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka described this action of the government as height of political intolerance and immaturity warning that his party would not be afraid to resist all manner of intimidations and uncivilised conducts from any quarters within the ambit of the law urging the government to learn how to be tolerant of the oppositions.
Unveiling his manifesto dubbed “seven steps to abundance, the Chartered Accountant vowed that all that are contained in the policy document would be dispassionately implemented to move the state to greater heights.
He said as a party committed to pursuing excellence in education, his administration would return missionary schools to their original owners arguing that provision of sound education should not be left only for the government when there are more willing hands to share in this onerous task.
The governorship candidate said the model schools built by the outgoing administration which have not been put to good use would be converted to vocational and skills acquisition centres to help sharpen the entrepreneurial skills of the youth. Other areas of priority according to Prince Isiaka are excellent and affordable healthcare, job creation, agriculture, infrastructure, good governance and security among others.
The 2015 PDP governorship candidate explained further that “the public narrative in Ogun state today is that of despair at least within the majority. I see the precarious reality of our environment littered with increasing poverty, heightened insecurity, poor social and physical infrastructure, inadequate social services and ballooning unemployment”.
“I see lack in the midst of plenty, I still see people drinking water from sources worse than I experienced at growing up several years back. I still see clinics without drugs, taps without water, homes without toilets, schools without roofs, high maternal mortality, children dying from avoidable communicable diseases, communities without decent roads and many more relics of underdevelopment. In all of these, I see the palpable failure of leadership service governance at all levels and conspiracy of pliable followers”.
“Today the fortunes of Ogun state are reversed and good governance has taken a backseat. There is official deception, misuse of taxpayer’s monies and bad governance. Our public finances is broken as basic principles of fiscal sustainability are not adhered to. With deficits and debt servicing on the rise, there is also reduced revenue and high deductions of federal allocations”.
Prince Isiaka said it was on this basis that he was asking the residents of the state to keep faith with him and his party as he was ready to use all the people oriented programmes contained in the manifesto to address many challenges currently confronting the state.
Earlier, the state chairman of the party, Dr Gbolade Osinowo described ADC as the only party seriously planning everyday on how to give good governance to the residents of the state from 2019 while PDP and APC were busy with internal wrangling and squabbling.
Dr Osinowo described the ADC governorship candidate as an astute politician and first class administrator who combined brilliance with humility and passion for selfless service saying that “the popular opinion out there confirmed that he is the best option for us in Ogun State. He should therefore be supported by all residents of the state to make life much more pleasant for all of us”.
He said “ As a former chieftain of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, (APC) the party made 41 electoral promises, our President, Muammadu Buhari after his election changed it to three and they are economy, security and anti corruption but it is obvious that what we now have is All Promises Cancelled. We however give you our words that our campaign promises would be implemented to the letter, so, the people of our dear state should know that it is truly a new dawn”.
Meanwhile, Dr Oye Olubunmi, one of the media aides to Gov. Ibikunle Amosun has disclosed that the governor knew nothing about the removal of the ADC billboards. Dr Oye while reacting to this allegation in a phone call with our Correspondent said that the billboards were removed because the party did not pay approved signage fees saying that “even as someone who works for the government, when I wanted to do a programme in the past I paid before erecting the billboards, so it is nothing new”.