A former governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, on Saturday flagged-off his campaign to return as governor of the state.
Mr. Ladoja, who served as governor from 2003 to 2007, launched the campaign at the Durbar Stadium in Oyo town.
The Accord Party candidate said he chose to start his campaign in Oyo town to disclaim the insinuation that Accord Party was an Ibadan party.
If elected, he promised to give education “a life again; pay civil servants latest on the 25th of each month; and revive the 13th month salary,” which he claimed to have started.
Speaking on agriculture and job creation, he said: “I wish to congratulate farmers, artisans and traders. They will benefit from an already designed agricultural and small business empowerment blueprint. The youths will be given jobs better than YES-O whose number of beneficiaries they (the current administration) claimed to be 20,000 when in fact it is just 7,000.”
On road projects, the former governor condemned the administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi for not making optimal use of an asphalt plant owned by the state.
He accused both Mr. Ajimobi and the Labour Party candidate, Adebayo Alao-Akala, who is also a former governor, of corruption.
“The roads I built for 10 million cost Akala 100 million and Ajimobi 1 billion. Obilo (Edmund, an Oyo state-based broadcaster) said it and he does not say what he cannot confirm,” Mr. Ladoja, who is being prosecuted for corruption by the EFCC, said.
He, however, warned his supporters against violence during the electioneering process.
Earlier, the Coordinator of Ladoja Campaign Organisation and former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Adeolu Adeleke, said Mr. Ajimobi “is too weak to manage many problems he created in the state,” while adding that “the only mission of Ajimobi is to demolish the remaining shops and houses left for our people but by voting Accord your shops and houses are safe.”
The Accord Party Chairman, Bayo Lawal, handed flags to the party’s candidates for the 3 senatorial districts; 14 federal constituencies; and 32 state constituencies at the rally attended by supporters from across the state.