The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun, Ladi Adebutu, has expressed optimism that he would regain his mandate as governor of the state soon.
Adebutu has assured the people of Ogun State to expect him back home soon, and as the governor of the state, too, when he comes back, Naija News learned.
The PDP chieftain told Nigerian Tribune in London, United Kingdom, during an interview that he is satisfied with the judicial process so far.
Recall that Adebutu had challenged the victory of the incumbent governor, Dapo Abiodun, at the March 18 governorship polls in the state.
The petitioners and the respondents have closed their cases before the Justice Hamidu Kunaza-led panel.
However, Adebutu, who expressed high hopes, said, “I am coming soon as Ogun State governor. There are no ifs and buts about it”.
Speaking further, Adebutu submitted that “The deficiency in government has been so much that just being frugal, truthful and honest alone is the first quantum leap in the wellbeing of the good people of the state. That I promise them as an automatic dividend. I give them my word.
“One of the easiest and first things I will do is to make sure we create 20 development zones in each of the local government areas in the state immediately.
“The local government councils should become financially independent and thereby creating points of stimulation, of renaissance and of growth for the people and the State.
“I will do my best to supervise them and make sure we all work in tandem so that what we do at the state level will be in synergy and will have multiplying benefits for the people.
“At the state level, we will find those who truly believe in our state and will invest in infrastructure, particularly in energy which has multifaceted ways of impacting our wellbeing.
“In the run-up to the election, we held a symposium where we discussed the issue of local government and how to make them functional.
“Happily, the immediate past president, Muhammadu Buhari, agreed with us. We said at our symposium that as the local government system failed, our democracy and our economy started to fail.
“The week after my symposium, President Buhari had a long discourse along the same line and accused the governors that they are the cause of the failure of his administration because the trickle-down effect of good governance at the third tier of government has failed.
“This is because deliberately and willfully [and not a matter of party now], the governors withhold funds meant for the local governments.
“At best, the governor should supervise and guide them to ensure they work in tandem with the state so that it will go back to resembling the last time PDP was in government in Ogun State and local government truly functioned.
“We need to go back to the time when the councils were able to tar rural roads, a bit of rural electrification, market creation, and were able to actually address what concerned each council.
“When this happens, life becomes worth living for the councils and its people. It is then we can have them properly integrated into the state development-wise as one body. But when he takes all that money away and keeps it at the state doing what I don’t know, the people will continue to suffer as they are now.
“There are some local government areas that have not seen government attention for 10 years at a stretch. I can name a few. Remo North, Odogbolu, Ijebu Waterside, and some others for 10 years have not seen 100 metres of drainage.
“Sometimes, when I drive through Ogun West, I am pained, and I ask myself, ‘Is this place part of Nigeria, or have I actually crossed into the Republic of Benin?’ That is how bad it is. But I am certain we will reverse this terrible situation.”
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