An aspirant for the Ondo governor’s seat, Olayide Adelami, who retired from public service two years ago after rising through the rank to attain the position of Permanent Secretary in the Federal Civil Service and retired in 2008 as Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly, to foray the business world, has said he is in the race to better the lot of the people, who have not enjoyed good governance since the demise of late Chief Adekunle Ajasin.
A native of Owo community like incumbent Rotimi Akeredolu, he explained that his focus would centre on how to reduce the poverty level and make the people feel the impact of government.
According to him, Akeredolu has tried his best but much more still needs to be done to improve the lot of the people, adding that his race for the Alagbaka seat was after he bowed to pressure from the people in the state.
He stated that he could no longer close his eyes to the sufferings, “of our people who believe the state is blessed with human and material resources for its development but were kept down by the poor governance of the past.”
Adelami disclosed that he never initially planned for politics after retirement. “It was not calculated. I didn’t really plan that I would go into politics after retirement. It just happened. God has a way of ordering our steps. From nowhere, I was called when there were crises in APC. I was drafted into politics by APC through the presidential Support Committee, a platform created by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The PSC had the mandate to promote democracy and ensure peace in all states, reconciliation of warring parties or aggrieved members of the APC, as well as harmonisation of various support groups in the party to ensure victory for the president in the last election.
“So, I was made the coordinator for Ondo State and that was my first foray into politics. We set up our office in Akure and structures in the 18 local governments of the state, and were holding meetings regularly from there. From there I got to know about the yearnings of our people and the level of disenchantment among party members due to the way things were being run. The level of poverty in the state is alarming. I had the opportunity to meet with the people and I saw that the problem is so pervasive in the state. So, the welfare of the people takes precedence over any other thing.
The “We need judicious management of resources. Our people are yearning for development. For a long time, Ondo State has been tagged a civil servants state. We want to change that narrative. We want to leverage on our national and international exposure to bring all round development to this state.