The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo state, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has said he is prepared to offer leadership with integrity that will move the state forward.
Akeredolu said the state is where it is because of lack of dedication by those at the helm of affairs of the state.
The APC governorship candidate spoke on Wednesday, November 16 at an economic summit organized by the Sunshine Progressives Coalition (SPC) held at the Adegbemile Cutulral center, Akure.
Akeredolu said if elected he would drive economic and industrial revolution into the state through foreign investors with federal government partnership.
The legal practitioner lamented the absence of industries in the state, and noted that the state was in dire need of investments.
He promised to run a government that would encourage investors to come to the state, as his government will not close its door to anybody who is willing to invest in the state.
Akeredolu also regretted that Ondo lost the opportunity to have Dangote Refinery sited in the state, and assured the cheering crowd that he would bring another refinery to the state.
He said the sunshine state, having the longest shore line and the deepest part of the sea in the country deserves a sea port.
The APC flagbearer said such developmental project is part of the reasons why the people of the state must vote APC into power so as to use the federal government advantage to accelerate the spate of the projects.
He said that the state is blessed with untapped natural resources which will attract lots of development.
He said “I can assure you, we will get refinery back to Ondo State. We will try to bring one that is bigger than the one Dangote wanted to bring here.
“But if we can’t get bigger one, at least we will get a refinery in Ondo state. We have the longest shore line in Nigeria, we have the deepest part of the sea, and yet, we don’t have a port.
“The only way we can get a port is through the Federal government’s support, even if we bring private companies to build ports, we will need the federal government to give license
“That is why we need to vote for a party that is in the center. We need investment in this state, don’t close your door to anybody, I will not close the door to those who are interested in investing in this state
“It is only in Ondo state today that we can grow rice but our government is lazy, up till today , we don’t have a programme about rice production and in North, some of the state have completed their programme. They have harvested, they have a lot to eat, sell to us and even import,” he stressed.