The National Vice Chairman (South West, of the Peoples Democratic Party, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, has declared his intention to contest for the governorship of Ondo State in the forthcoming election in the state.
Olafeso, who is a former commissioner for information in Ondo, made the declaration at the party’s State Secretariat in Alagbaka, Akure on Monday.
Olafeso said the Administration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had taken the state backward by dismantling all the legacy projects in the state, particularly free education.
He said the Akeredolu Administration had made education unaffordable for the ordinary citizens in the state, adding that the debt profile of the state had reached N150 billion.
He said: “You pay fees from primary to secondary and university.
“The tertiary institutions are far beyond the ordinary man.
“I am a product of the Obafemi Awolowo era and I wouldn’t have been educated if there were no social welfare programmes for the ordinary man in the street.
“They have abdicated their responsibility.
“They have stepped on the head of history.
“There’s no way we will allow them to continue.
“They have destroyed everything we ever stood for.
“When Agagu left office, we had over N38 billion in our kitty as savings.
“When Dr. Mimiko left office, he left a very vibrant maternal care health programme for the state.”
The state Chairman of the PDP, Clement Faboyede, said the party had not zoned the governorship ticket of the party to any zone.
Faboyede said 17 members of the party had shown interest in the governorship ticket.
He said the PDP would produce the next governor of the state in the 2020 gubernatorial election.