Mr Isaac Kekemeke, the pioneer Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, has called on governments at all levels to redirect the resources at their disposal to the provision of welfare for the people.
Kekemeke, who is warming up to contest the 2020 governorship election in the state, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday, in Akure.
The APC chieftain said it was time governments used their instrumentality of office to impact directly on the lives of the people.
“Except we want to deceive ourselves, we all know there is hardship everywhere.
“We need to steer government away from being just an institution to an agency that fights to a standstill the issues of hunger, poverty, unemployment, insecurity and lack of basic infrastructure.
“Until government does that, it will continue to be meaningless to the ordinary citizen who sees it as an oppressor and then sees himself as the oppressed and victim of governmental institution,” Kekemeke said.
The APC chieftain called on the electorate, irrespective of their political affiliations, to dispassionately vote leaders who would not mortgage their future but bring dividends of democracy to their doorsteps.
Kekemeke, who urged Nigerians to continue to support the APC government, both at the federal and state levels, described it as the only party that could take the country out of the woods.
Speaking on the 2020 governorship election in the state, he said that every qualified member of the party had the constitutional right to contest alongside the incumbent Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
“Every individual within the party has the constitutional rights to aspire, sell himself, consult and look at the possibilities of a run, if such an individual is convinced that he can do it better.
“But the fact that I say I can do it better does not mean that our governor is not doing his work. I believe he is doing his best for our state, but I have a vision and it is this vision that I am selling.
“I am not saying that the governor be torpedoed or overthrown. What I am saying is that at the end of his four-year tenure, I may make myself available for the people to consider, given my pedigree.
“My vision is to build a prosperous state where citizens will find work to do and live meaningful and comfortable lives,” he said.