The Governorship Candidate of Action Democratic Party(ADP) in Ogun State, Dimeji Bankole has appealed to the people of the State to trust him with their votes in the forthcoming election, promising to wedge war against poverty, if elected.
Bankole made this appeal at a rally organized by the party to herald his official campaign in Ogun Central Senatorial District of the State. It will be recalled that similar rallies, which witnessed large turnout of party faithful, had at different times, held at Ota and Ijebu Ode for Ogun West and Ogun East Senatorial Districts respectively.
Bankole, a former Speaker of the House of Representatives asked the people of the state not to be swayed by the empty promises of some politicians who are only interested in advancing their personal interests, emphasizing the need to place everybody on the altar of competence, track record, and family background.
“You need to know the person that is seeking your vote very well. Aside from my modest performances when I was in government, I am from Iporo, the custodian of the Alake’s crown, the symbol of authority in egbaland. We know the value of trust. If we have not disappointed the egbas for two hundred years, trust me with your votes, I won’t let you down in four years.
“Today, the salary of those parents are not regular, deductions are not paid let alone pensions. The dependency ratio indicates that seventy percent of young people are depending on thirty percent elderly ones. This he said is responsible for the high rate of poverty in the land. Unless the trend is urgently controlled, the danger is imminent.
He added that the Action Democratic Party (ADP), is determined to fight poverty and that he said is the reason mass employment is the only mantra of the party. He vowed to respect local government autonomy and its financial independence, create enabling environment for the private sector while placing premium on the development of Ado Odo / Ota axis of the State which he described as the economic hub of the State.