Jimoh Ibrahim, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says he would establish Ondo Oil limited, a down stream petroleum company with about 180 servicing stations within a year if elected in the November 26 poll.
A statement by the Jimoh Ibrahim Campaign Organisation (JICO) on Sunday evening said the flagbearer made the promise at the palace of Olukale of Ikale, Oba Akadiri Momoh as part of his mega rally to round up his campaigns in the six local government areas that made up the Ondo North senatorial district.
He assured that most of the financial needs of the government could be met from returns from sale of petroleum products from the 180 stations to be spread equally across the 18 local government councils.
The statement signed by Yemi Akintomide, spokesman of the campaign organisation quoted Ibrahim as saying that “Ondo Oil is entitle to 11 million litres of premium motor spirit (PMS) otherwise knowns as petrol per day with a profit of N6 per litre. That will do a lot in payment of salaries, allowances and other sundry expenses.”
He restated his promise to set aside five percent of the state monthly Federal allocation as community development fund under the direct supervision of the monarchs as owners of the communities who are the custodians of peoples heritages and values.
He promised to use the abundant rocky hills in the ancient town to the advantage of the people by entering into barter deals with construction companies that will convert the rocks into granites for fixing all the roads within the senatorial district, while offering jobs to the youths in the area.
“I also promise to return your lost dignity, traditional values of old and the due respect the tradition institution have for our crowned heads; where we shall integrate you into the daily administration of our dear state with the cogent purpose of bringing government down to the grassroots,” the PDP candidate stated.
Responding, Oba Momoh, who prayed for the success of the candidate in the next Saturday poll, called for peace and fairness before, during and after the poll, as no development that take place in an atmosphere of rancour, chaos and uncertainty.
The campaign trail also moved to the palace of Owa-Ale of Ikale, Oba Samuel Adedoyin with same message of hope, wealth creation and infrastructure development.
He later addressed a large crowd of supporters at Ikare Cenotaph square, at Hospital junction, where he urged the electorate to vote for PDP in the Saturday poll, stressing that the party manifesto remains the most people friendly programmes among parties contesting in the poll.
The campaign trail moves to the Central Senatorial District on Monday with rallies at Idanre, Ifedore, Akure North and Ondo East council areas.
On the campaign trail of the PDP gubernatorial candidate were; the deputy governor candidate, Ebenezer Omotayo Alabi; the state PDP chairman, Prince Biyi Poroye, deputy state PDP chairman, Johnson Alabi; former Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Bakitta Olufowobi Bello, former deputy Speaker ODHA, Dare Emiola, Abiye Ademoyegun; Barrister Yomi Apata, Demola Ijabiyi and former caretaker chairman of Idanre LGA, Sola Akinuli.