By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
The Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu on Monday visited the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo at his palace inAbeokuta, the state capital with his campaign team to seek for royal blessings and support.
Kashamu promised the Monarch that if elected as the Governor of the state, he would not steal from the state purse.
He also vowed to guarantee full Local Government financial autonomy if elected on March 2 .
Kashamu, who represents Ogun East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, argued that a lack of resource control by council chairmen has been the bane of underdevelopment at the grassroots in Nigeria.
The governorship candidate pledged to raise thousands of business women across the state as part of “stomach infrastructure scheme” to fight poverty.
He pointed out that he won’t belittle the works of the outgoing governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun to seek vote rather vowed to “surpass achievements of all governments in the state.”
His words “I am not running for governorship to steal money in government. But, I am thankful to God for what he has done for me.
“First, I want to pledge that my own government will be the last government that would hijack Local Government funds. I will sign undertaken in that regard. The problems we have seen in many states in the country is that Local Government administrations are not allowed to manage their allocations directly in a way that would guarantee development at the grassroots.
“I pledge that, my own government will never, be it four years or eight years, sit on LG allocations for a second. I will allow the funds to flow down into the LG accounts for the chairmen to decide on how to use it for the development of their areas.”
In his response, Oba Gbadebo urged Kashamu to walk the talk if emerged as governor in the interest of the state.