By Adetokunbo Fakeye
Nigeria, Abeokuta - The governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Barrister Olubiyi Otegbeye, has promised he would ensure that his five points agenda of solid infrastructure, agricultural development, quality education, healthcare provision, and youth empowerment are implemented to bring about a better life for the people of Ogun state if he is elected as governor.
Otegbeye, who made this promise while speaking with journalists during the week in Abeokuta, noted that the people of Ogun state deserve a better standard of living and that his agenda is geared towards achieving this objective.
"My agenda is centered on the people of Ogun state. We want to ensure that our people have access to solid infrastructure, including good roads, bridges, and transportation systems.
"We also want to promote agricultural development by providing farmers with the necessary support and incentives to enhance their productivity.
"Furthermore, we believe that every child deserves quality education, and we will work towards ensuring that all our schools are properly equipped and staffed to deliver quality education to our children. We will also prioritize healthcare provision by building more hospitals and equipping existing ones to meet the healthcare needs of our people", he said.
Otegbeye, known as BOT, added that his government would prioritize youth empowerment by creating job opportunities and providing skills acquisition programmes to reduce youth unemployment and restiveness.
He called on the people of Ogun state to give him the opportunity to serve them, promising to work tirelessly to ensure that their aspirations and desires are met.
In his reaction to the postponement of the Governorship and State House of Assembly elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to March 18, 2023, the renowned Insurance broker stated that the postponement was legal, stressing that it would allow the electoral body to reformat its Bimodal Voter Authentication System (BVAS) for better polls.
According to him, the extension would also afford him the opportunity to take his campaign train to the remaining 46 wards out of the 236 wards in the state.
Otegbeye was of the opinion that, the postponement of the elections by INEC, was not convenient, but was done to avoid errors from the BVAS and ensure Nigerians have a free, fair and credible governorship and State House of Assembly polls on Saturday, March 18, 2023.
"For me, INEC did not just do this overnight, this was a fall out of the court case about reformating the BIVAS in readiness for the coming elections.
"And INEC said they have 167,000 or 197,000 BIVAS and it will take them time to reformats the BVAS and that makes a lot of sense and there's nothing one can do about that.
“So the reason for postponement is legitimate, and to an extent, that is what they want to achieve. When you have a legitimate thing for good, you just have to abide with it and respect it.
"Is it convenient, of course you will need to work more you will need to spend more, of course those inconveniences are there", he stated.
The ADC governorship candidate, who said that he would campaign till the last day that INEC permits, said that he was in the race to save the people of Ogun State from the hardship they're undergoing in the hands of the government in power, adding that he was confident of victory.
He appealed to the electorate to vote for him and other candidates of the party in the forthcoming elections in order to have a new Ogun State.
“Yes! I am in this election to win, and thankfully the people of Ogun State are united on one thing that the present administration has not benefited them. We have visited 190 out of the 236 wards and with this extension I still intend to cover them so that I could further sold our agenda to them, and I believe the people will receive our agenda”, BOT posited.
He appealed to the people of Ogun State to come out and vote ADC and ensure their votes are counted, apparently to prevent rigging.