The gubernatorial candidate of the Social Democratic Party, SDP in Kwara State, Alhaji Hakeem Oladimeji Lawal got a boost with a public endorsement by a frontline politician and one of the pillars of OTOGE movement that changed the political history of the state, Akogun Iyiola Oyedepo, as the guber candidate continued the interactive session with community leaders and stakeholders on Saturday with a visit to Irepnd Isin Local Government of the Kwara South Senatorial districts of the State.
Oyedepo who is the Chairman of the Governing Board of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti spoke at Oke Onigbin while welcoming the party’s entourage to the town, explained that the SDP is a “fresh party and a credible alternative to the people.”
“I am totally behing Hakeem Lawal. I worked with his father, the Late Governor Mohammed Alabi Lawal. Hakeem and the SDP will not disappoint you..and we will not disappoint him in Isin,” he said.
Meanwhile, speaking at the occasion, the guber candidate has restated his agenda to embark on massive reforms in education, agriculture and Local Government administration.
Specifically, he promised to conduct election into the Local Government Council within one year of his administration.
He also promised that the Council reforms will grant some level of financial autonomy to the Local Government administrations and foster a mutually beneficial relationship between the Councils and the State government.
“The emasculation of the Local Government administration has stifled development at the grassroots. Apart from the election, we will release their money to them and equally give them some level of independence to utilize their resource for development of the people. We will also try bridge the disparity between the salary of workers on the same level in the State and the Local Government Councils,” he said.
On education and human capital development, he stated that he will provide a solution for Kwarans on the basis of education. “It means we must revive our Technical Schools and Colleges. As of today, our people can hardly compete when it comes to technical know-how. If you look at the Building Industry for instance, many of the professionals competing there are from places like Republic of Benin, Togo Ghana, etc.
The meeting saw him engage many groups like the League of Imams, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, the Artisans Congress of Nigeria, youth groups, market women and traditional rulers.
“Our discussion today is a covenant between us. The two parties must do their part. When you vote for us, it becomes a debt for us to do our part too. I can assure you that we will deploy Kwara resources for Kwarans and strive to restore the glory of the State,” he said.