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Ex-speaker joins Ondo guber race, promises probity, accountability

Ahead October Ondo state governorship election, a candidate under the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Victor Olabimtan has said his intention to contest as the next governor was to rescue the state from collapse where the inefficient and ineffective leadership has driven it to.

Olabimtan who was a former Speaker in the state House of Assembly between 2003 to 2007 said if he is elected as the governor, he would institute the three tenets of Probity, Accountability and Transparency (PAT) as a government policy.

He gave the disclosure at his residence in Akure, the Ondo state capital while interacting with journalists on his intention to contest for the position of governor in the upcoming governorship election in the state which was organised by his group ‘Voice 2016, Victor Olabimtan Initiative for Change and Emancipation’.

His words; “Our government will empower the civil service for effective and efficient service delivery through reforms, while reducing corruption, eliminating duplication of functions and minimising waste of public resources. We shall attract the best and brightest into our public service while training and retraining existing personnel will be a priority”

“The purpose of government in any society is to administer the common wealth of the people for the benefit of all. Our government will be people- centered, we shall strive to build a better and just society, where hard work and honesty are rewarded, equity fairness and justice prevail and where no segment of the society develops at the expense of others”.

While speaking on his intention to restructure the state if elected, Olabimtan said his core programme shall focus on six priority areas like; good governance, quality education, health and social development, adequate security, law and order, infrastructure, indus-trialisation, economic growth and creation, agriculture and natural resources management and housing, environment and tourism development.

“We shall provide opportunities for Ondo state youths to harness and develop their full potential and to facilitate the emergence of a new generation of citizens committed to the sustenance of good governance and service to the people and the country”

“We shall also ensure that the rights of women are protected as enshrined in our constitution, guarantee that women are adequately represented in government appointments and provide opportunities in education, job creation and economic empowerment by giving them the opportunity to access 40% of positions available in government based on merit”.

He therefore called on all eminent and well-meaning sons and daughters of Ondo state who are true achievers and whose contributions and names are fondly etched in the hearts of many and dot the landmarks to join in this endeavour saying it was a collective effort that requires every resident and indigene of the state to contribute in generating ideas, vote for change and support change in the upcoming Ondo state governorship election.

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