Ex-Ondo lawmaker declares governorship ambition

A former member of the House of Representatives of Ondo State, Mayowa Akinfolarin, has declared his intention to contest the 2024 governorship election in the state.

He expressed concern over the state's inability to effectively utilize its human and natural resources.

Akinfolarin, who served two terms representing Ile-Oluji Okeigbo/Odigbo Federal Constituency from 2015 to 2023, believes Ondo State needs a strategic reconfiguration to maximize its potential.

Speaking with journalists in Akure, the state capital, Akinfolarin on Wednesday stressed the need for better management of state resources.

The former lawmaker said: “Ondo State is full of potential, both human and material. It is one of the most prosperous states in this country because we have so many things that can make us great.

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“Ondo State is where 70 percent of the population is fully engaged in agriculture. But no one pays serious attention to that. All we do is set up projects that make us money. We need to start paying attention to the informal sector where we have the majority of our people.

“Although we have so many people on the ground, my own case is different. If you look at the state of affairs in the state, you will all agree with me that Ondo State needs to be reconfigured, we need to reconfigure the development structure of this state. Because lately there seems to be some rift between the government and the people.

“I am well rooted in this state so I know what it takes to govern Ondo State and with the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, some of us think we must come together to take this state forward.

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“Based on my experience and antecedent, I have really navigated both the economic and political terrain of Ondo State, I know what governance is and I know what can be done to give relief and hope to our people. People no longer trust what the government is doing, we need someone to power the system, we need someone to provide certainty, we need someone to let us know that this government is our government.”

Speaking on the death of the former governor of the state, Rotimi Akeredolu, he said there was need for the state government to immortalize the late former governor. He described Akeredolu as a straightforward person.

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He said: “We will be very unkind to Aketi (Akeredolu) if nothing is done to immortalize him. This was a man who came with good intentions, he did his best, he was not a pretender, he was a practical person and ensured that not only the state but the entire South-Western region was safe through the Amotekun Corps.

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