CCII Drills Alao-Akala, Adelabu over Ibadan Agenda

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By Adams Akorede
The Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII) has drilled two gubernatorial candidates in Oyo state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala of the Action Democratic Party and Chief Adebayo Adelabu of the ruling All Progressives Congress, to make commitments on Ibadan agenda if elected governor on March 2.
The CCII which is the umbrella body of all Ibadan sons and daughters at home and diaspora, had constituted a panel for its platform ‘Meet the Ibadan Electorate’ to know level of preparedness of gubernatorial and senatorial candidates vying in 2019 elections.
The panel set up by the President of the CCII, Chief Yemi Soladoye was led by a retired broadcaster, Alhaji Kola Bolomope with members like a captain of industry, Mr. Abiola Alli; a serving and retired Permanent Secretaries, Dr. Bashir Olanrewaju and Tajudeen Aremu, among others.
The Ibadan agenda aimed at growing the city and the state at large, according to Soladoye, was premised on furthering good governance and getting candidates prepared for the task of making the state capital restore its lost glories as ‘pacesetter in all development index in the country’.
Soladoye added, “we believe that there is direct correlation between the five elements of education, infrastructure, business, revolution, financial empowerment and job creation. To what extent does our next Governor understand this correlation?

“We will like to know what our governor will like to be remembered for after his tenure. The next Governor of Oyo state must have specific Ibadan agenda. Ibadan has 54% of the Oyo state electorate and some 3,000 polling booths.

“How do our politicians see the benefits and challenges embedded in the completion of the Ibadan circular road, the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail system, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the dry dock project and the Ibadan Kaduna rail system?,” Soladoye queried.

Akala who reeled out programmes on education, health, infrastructure, empowerment for youths and women and agriculture, also pledged to restore lost glory of the state and rule with the fear of God if given the chance once again, to build on the lofty projects he started few years ago.

Adelabu who recently disengaged from the Central Bank of Nigeria as the Deputy Governor promised to revitalise the state’s economy through financial re-engineering by building on the successes of the outgoing administration.

He laid bare his vision tagged next level to include security, agriculture/food security, housing, social infrastructure (health), education, transportation and environment.

The CCII had in its maiden edition few days ago, hosted a Senatorial candidate of the same party with Akala for Oyo south, Dr. Fola Akinosun, who assured the people of his readiness to actualise the agelong dream of making Ibadan a state.

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