By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), members from across Oyo State on Saturday elected Comrade Abiodun Bamigboye as the state’s governorship candidate for the 2019 general elections as he named Comrade Adeshewa Adekoya as his running mate.
The SPN governorship candidate in his acceptance speech at the party’s primary election held at the NULGE hall in Ibadan disclosed that if elected as the Oyo state governor, the party will ensure that elected political office holders under the party are being paid monthly salaries in line with that of the civil servants in the state.
Comrade Bamigboye also hinted that if elected as the governor, his administration will henceforth be declaring public the monthly security votes for the state and that it will be invested in education.
“SPN will ensure public driven agriculture and will ensure that availability and accessibility of food for all is guaranteed. Every elected political office holder including myself will not take more than salary of civil servant in the state. The security vote will be declared and the money will be spent on education to move from this moribund to enviable level.” he said.
Comrade Bamigboye stressed that a committee to comprise of the civil servants and other stakeholders are to be shaddled with the disbursement of the fund on education.
The SPN governorship candidate maintained that the party will implement free, qualitative education, health policies as well as give priority to a public driven agricultural program that would ensure massive food production in
and across Oyo state.
“SPN is quite different from every other political parties, we have accepted the responsibility to defend the ideas, programs and philosophy of Socialism. SPN stand for free and qualitative education for all citizens of Oyo state without discrimination based on religion of ethnic backgrounds. SPN stand for free health care for all.”
The governorship candidate added “a government under SPN will make sure that all wards in Oyo state have a primary health care centre to reduce the burden of the secondary and tertiary health care facilities.”
“Under SPN, construction of roads will be done directly by the ministry of works. All the past governments that have syphon Oyo state money would be proved and there will be a committee for that which will include professionals such as lawyers, engineers, students, civil servants and journalists.”
Speaking further, the SPN governorship candidate said, “again, all the debts that have been incurred by the past governments would be revisited and the people involved shall be probed. The billionaires and millionaires would be taxed while the poor would be exempted from tax. “
“Our government is going to bring poverty to an end and this conduction of misery will become a thing of the past. So, let us take this message to our markets, Mosques, Churches and markets that we have an alternative, that SPN is ready to provide an alternative to these capitalist political parties in Oyo state and in Nigeria.”
During the primary election, all the
nomination were affirmed and ratified by members of the party from the 33 local government areas in the state at the party’s gubernatorial, National Assembly and State House of Assembly primary elections held in Ibadan, the state capital while the primary elections was moderated by a National Executive Committee (NEC), member and secretary of Osun state chapter of the party, Comrade Kola Ibrahim and the party’s candidate in the just concluded Osun state gubernatorial election, Comrade Alfred Adegoke.
Other SPN candidates that emerged at the primary included Oladele Omokunle (Ibadan North State Constituency 2), Adigun Ayodeji (Ibadan South West Constituency 2), Folorunso Qudus (Oluyole State Constituency) and Richard Matthew (Ona Ara State Constituency) for the Oyo state House of Assembly