Ahead the November 26 governorship election in Ondo State, Dr Adelola Aderotimi, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), has vowed that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was poised to retain power if the election was free and fair.
He made this bold statement based on what he termed as the avalanche of achievements of the Dr Olusegun Mimiko-led administration in all sectors of the state.
Ondo Events reports that Aderotimi was honoured on Saturday in Ibadan with the “Worthy Ambassador Award” by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association.
Aderotimi also dispelled insinuations that the popularity of the PDP was waning in Ondo State saying they were mere propaganda and antics of the opposition to demonise the Mimiko-led government.
“What is incontrovertible is that Mimiko has been the best governor in Ondo State in all areas of governance whether in health, education, agriculture, transportation and urban renewal, among others.
“I believe that with all his achievements coupled with the fact that the PDP is the only party in Ondo State, there is no doubt that PDP will retain power in the state in a free and fair election, when it is one man, one vote and every vote counts.
“To say that the popularity of the PDP is waning in Ondo State amounts to propaganda, the opposition will always say that the government in power is not doing anything but our achievements speak volumes, the opposition will always demonise the government in power.” Aderotimi said.
On the ongoing industrial action by workers in the state, Aderotimi said Ondo continued to suffer from the adverse effects of dwindling price of oil and its dwindling revenue.
He, however, expressed optimism that the strike would soon be called off.
“Its not only in Ondo State that workers are on strike, it is the same in many other states.
“The situation is due to the inability of the country to generate enough revenue to pay workers across the nation.
“Oil revenue is dwindling and that is why we are in a problem in this country, even if we are an oil producing state, this dwindling price of oil affects us negatively,” he added.
Aderotimi said that the industrial action by workers would soon be called off as the government had met with workers last week and explained the situation to them.
He said that the economy of the nation, was going down at a rapid rate and revenue to states was dwindling which was responsible for inadequacies to pay salaries.
“In fact, I can say that in Nigeria, we are one of the best states in term of payment of salaries.
“As soon as we get money as promised by the federal government, we will be able to pay the workers.” he said.