The former President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), yesterday vowed to fight the poverty in Ondo State with infrastructural development such as provision of pipe-borne water, agricultural development, good health care, education, road network and other social amenities should he win the forthcoming governorship election of the state.
Speaking at the National Secretariat of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) at Abuja where he purchased the form for indication of interest in the race, the aspirant allayed the fear that power of incumbency would give the present governor, Olusegun Mimiko, an edge over him.
According to him, the power of incumbency can only play a role in a state where the governor has recorded outstanding level of performance not in a state where the electorate are grappling with infrastructural challenges.
Akeredolu pointed out that Mimiko only plays to the gallery as the state is replete with a array of uncompleted projects.
Akeredolu submitted that he would match his opponent with issues not violence, stressing that "we are not going to resort to thuggery."
He said: "We are not going to engage anybody over the issue of incumbency. Where there is already abysmal failure incumbency will not matter."
Senator Lawal Shuaibu, the National Secretary of the party, handed over the constitution of the party and party guidelines to the aspirant who was with the acting state Chairman, Chief Adesoji Olusola; state Secetary, Hon. Adesipe Adegboyega; Treasurer, Engr Ade Adetimehin; state Youth Leader, Enas Mohammed; and state Woman Leader Evelyn Modupe, among others.