Factional candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jimoh Ibrahim, has promised to restore electricity supply in the south senatorial district of the state.
Ibrahim made the promise when he started his campaign in Okitipupa Local Council area on Wednesday.The candidate said he would ensure that the areas were connected to regular electricity supply within his first three months in office.
He condemned the “I don’t care” attitude of the outgoing administration of Governor Olusegun Mimiko to the protracted outage in the area.
According to him, the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) had cut off towns like Oke-Igbo, Ore, Odigbo, Okitipupa, Irele, Ode-Aye, Ajapa, Akotogbo, Igbokoda, Igbotako from the national grid.
At the palace of the Jegun of Idepe-Okitipupa, Micheal Adetoye, he promised to reintroduce the boarding system to government-controlled secondary schools across the state.
He explained that only such a system could restore the lost glory and high educational standards enjoyed by students in the past.“The boarding system was what sharpened and built our educational and moral standards as students in those days, which had continued to be our guide and approach to life, both in business and political participation.
“The issue of electricity is very embarrassing and shameful. The last time I checked with the BEDC, the company said the senatorial district owed a backlog of unpaid bills of about N300 million, which made it to cut off its electricity supply.”
Ibrahim, who hails from Igbotako in Okitipupa Local Council area, said he deliberately started his campaign in Okitipupa to reawaken the consciousness of his people in Ikale land towards electing another of their own sons as the next governor of the state.
He assured the civil servants that the payment of salaries, allowances, pensions and gratuities would be the priority of his government.
Ibrahim was accompanied on the campaign by his running mate, Ebenezer Alabi, the party’s state chairman, Biyi Poroye and two former Senators from the area, Omololu Meroyi and Hosea Ehinlanwo, among others.