Mr. Foluso Adeyemi, an APC gubernatorial aspirant in Ondo State, on Thursday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) failed to maximise state resources for the benefit of the people.
Adeyemi said this while fielding questions from newsmen after picking his expression of interest and nomination forms at the All Progressives Congress (APC) national secretariat in Abuja.
According to him, in spite of the abundant resources the state is blessed with, Mimiko’s administration did not maximise the state’s rich potentials.
“We are not where we ought to be. The contrast is that it is an oil rich state, but poverty ridden state is unacceptable. We have lots of solid minerals and agricultural resources including oil but it does not show.
“For instance, in the Southern part of the state, they’ve not had light in four or five years. That means that children born within this period only know sunlight and moonlight.
“If not that people from the oil producing parts are good citizens they would have taken up militancy and there will be unrest in the area,’’ the aspirant said.
He dismissed allegation that he was among aspirants that were bribed to contest the primaries, saying “I’ve been an anti-corruption ambassador since 1987.
“I detest bribery and corruption in its entirety so it will absurd for anyone to have said another aspirant bribed me to contest the election.
“As an industrialist with a track record for success, who has chains of home-grown businesses which have extended beyond the shores of this country, I have carefully developed a blueprint and drawn a road map to resuscitate the moribund economic sector.’’
He urged the people not to mortgage their votes, noting that “even if you are given N1 million to sell your vote, divide that by eight years and you get N350 a day, is it worth it?’’.