Adekunle Akinlade, the governorship candidate of Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in Ogun State, Wednesday, said he has a 50-year vision for the State.
Akinlade said he and his running mate, Adepeju Adebajo, are the most capable and fortified candidates to take over from the present administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
The governorship candidate while speaking during a courtesy call on the Egba Traditional Council at the Ake Palace, said Ogun State would be the pride of Africa in the next 10 to 15 years of voting into power.
Akinlade said he was part of history while serving as Special Assistance on Revenue Mobilisation which increased the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State from about N700 million to an average of N6 billion to N7 billion being generated in the state.
He said the legacy of Amosun’s administration deserved to be sustained promising that no single project started by Amosun would be abandoned by his administration.
According to him, the developmental strides in the State is less than 10% of what was contained in Amosun’s blueprint, adding that part of the blueprint is rail projects that will cut across major areas in Ogun State.
He said, “When I met Amosun, I met a man of vision who knew what he wanted for the State. But the initial challenge we faced was financing, but I was part of the history which increased our IGR to what it is today before I was given a federal assignment in Abuja.
“What you’re seeing in Ogun State is less than 10% of the vision Amosun has for the State. Part of the blueprint is the rail project across major towns in Ogun State, I will ensure the rail project materialises and Ogun will be the proud of Africa in the next 10 – 15 years.
“We have the best team to take over from Amosun, apart from my experience in the state and House of Representatives; I have a running mate who has served in many multinational companies and even the public sector.”
While seeking the blessing of the traditional rulers, Akinlade said the result of the election will not be determined in Abuja but by the good people of the State as subjects of the traditional rulers.
Earlier, the Director General of Akinlade Campaign Organisation, Sarafa Tunji Isola faulted allegation that Akinlade was imposed on the people of the State by Amosun.
Isola, the former Minister of Mines and Steel Development said Akinlade passed through a rigorous process which involved the Yewa Elders, party leadership and leadership of House of Representatives.
According to him, the party leadership employed the Harvard model of character, capacity, capability and a discrete investigation from Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives before endorsing the candidature of Akinlade.
The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, however, led other traditional rulers to bless Akinlade’s candidature.