The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party, (SDP) in Ogun State in the 2019 general elections, Otunba Rotimi Paseda has restated his determination to make the socio-economic development of the state and its people his priority if given the mandate in the forthcoming elections.
Paseda, made the pledge in his acceptance speech as the governorship flag bearer of the party at a press conference held at the party secretariat in Abeokuta on Wednesday.
He called on all party members and indigenes of the state to join hands with him in transforming the state.
He promised to immediately embark on the full restoration of the glory of Ogun State and make the people the cornerstone of his government and also make the state self-sufficient and industrial hub of the nation.
Paseda, represented by his media aide, Michael Ogunsiji, added that his government would provide free and quality education, healthcare system, gainful employment opportunities for the youths and urban/rural renewal and agricultural scheme.
He appreciated other contestants for putting up a good fight , saying that they had challenged him on the need to engage in grassroots politics and mobilization.
“I cannot but thank all our ward chairmen and party members for standing firmly in their believe, thereby voted massively without any inducement.
“With the confidence you have reposed on me with this mandate, I will not take you for granted, I will cherish it for the rest of my life, but more importantly, like I’ve always said, I will remain committed.
” I will keep an inclusive government, I will be responsible, integrity will not run far from me and I will not do things that in any form would make you to begin to doubt my capacity or capability.
“When I look back at my experience in the private sector, I realise that God has prepared me for this moment.
“I have served in many senior managerial positions in international economic companies and participated in major economic projects in private parastatals.
” I am sending a clarion call to our party members, men and women, youth and the elderly, that there is a lot of work to be done to restore our peoples hope and revive the gateway state of our dreams.
“I present myself to serve as a capable and competent hand to make Ogun State greater.
“I call on party members and citizens to join me in my determination and focus on socio economic development of our people .
” As our first priority to elevate our State in all facets of human endeavour through massive focus on development of cottage industries, human development which is the strong foundation of a continuous process of economic development for a long period of time, public enlightenment and social amenities,” he said.
The State Party Chairman, Otunba Kunle Majekodunmi, stated that the election of Paseda as the party’s flagbearer in the 2019 elections was done through direct primaries system .
The party chairman noted that Paseda defeated two other aspirants, Opeyemi Agbaje and Sina Kawonise to emerge the winner.