Ondo State Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) governorship candidate Bolarinwa Aidi yesterday said the Governor Olusegun Mimiko administration has short-changed the people.
He lamented that the people living in the northern and southern senatorial areas have been cut off from governance.
Aidi spoke at a news conference in Akure, the state capital, to kick off his campaign ahead of November 26 governorship poll.
The UPN candidate said he would pursue with vigour, the five noble cardinal programmes of the party and return the state to the path of progress, if elected.
He noted that “on the issue of decadence in social amenities and dilapidated infrastructure, my heart bleeds anytime I remember that more than 75 per cent of Ondo State residents are currently living without electricity and pipe-borne water.
“While the people of Ondo South and North are badly affected by this precarious situation, the outgoing inept, rudderless, greedy and insensitive administration under Mimiko has not been able to think out of the box by looking towards other viable options towards electricity generation.
“The ripple effect of the denial of electricity to the larger population of the state for instance, can better be imagined than experienced. Businesses are grounded or killed totally, and the cost of running businesses for those who can afford to power their generators, are most times running those businesses at a loss.
“It is most unfortunate that almost 96 per cent of Ondo State population is denied access to portable water.
“The one-time celebrated Ondo State Water Corporation is now a shadow of itself as it has neglected, refused or patently denied the good people of Ondo clean, hygienic and treated water.”
He promised to employ qualified teachers to teach students and also tackle unemployment head-on by having an in-depth research on how to reposition the economy of the state from prostate condition by diversifying into agriculture.