PEOPLES Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in the election holding 2018 in Ekiti State, Otunba Segun Adewale aka Aeroland, has said that he is resolved to wipe out poverty in the state if voted in office.
Adewale, who is Chairman, Lagos State chapter of PDP, made the declaration after officially declaring his intention to contest for governorship seat in the state next year.
“I hate poverty with a passion and by the grace of God, if I am given the privilege to lead my people, together we shall defeat the hold of poverty on our people and state. It is an aberration that a state known as the fountain of knowledge is also among the poorest states in the country. My mission in Ekiti is to defeat poverty in the land by converting our God given knowledge to wealth,” he said.
“My mission in Ekiti is to defeat poverty in the land by converting our God given knowledge to wealth. Our manifesto is geared towards building a strong financial capacity for the state and her citizens such that Ekiti can be a lender to other states of the federation,” he added.
The party chieftain, who is also the Chairman/CEO of Aeroland Group of Companies, said in the release issued in Lagos on Wednesday that his visit to the party secretariat in Ado Ekiti was to formally inform the State Working Committee (SWC), Local Government Exco (LGE), leaders and stakeholders of the PDP in Ekiti of his intention to fly the party’s flag at the coming poll.
“I have come here today with my supporters to inform our party leaders of my intention to vie for the governorship seat next year. This visit puts to rest the rumours on whether I will contest or not,” the aspirant said.
Speaking further, Adewale contended that Ekiti State needed a man of integrity, values and decorum as the governor, promising that the state under his watch would experience clear developmental and infrastructure gains.
“Our policies shall be centered on empowering Ekiti people financially. Our vision is to make Ekiti State a reference point in Nigeria in the areas of Agriculture, Technology, Education, Healthcare delivery, social amenities, and industrialisation and to ensure financial independence from the Federal Government,” he said.
In his welcome speech, the Chairman, Ekiti State chapter of PDP, Chief Williams Ajayi, noted that Otunba Adewale was the first aspirant to officially show his interest to contest the next governorship poll under the party platform, but quickly assured that the PDP secretariat in the state would ensure a level- playing ground as it had not endorsed any aspirant.
However, he described Adewale as a sellable candidate capable of securing victory for the party in the coming election.