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ONDO 2016: Our Plans to Bury The PDP Carcass — Abraham, Gov Aspirant

Though the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is yet to lift the ban on electioneering campaigns in Ondo State, some aspirants are getting set to occupy the  Alagbaka
Government House in 2016. Dr. Segun Abraham is a governorship aspirant seeking to fly the flag of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State. In this interview, Dr Abraham spoke on his ambition, the challenges facing the party and preparations for the 2016 governorship elections in the state.
What are the challenges facing the Ondo APC, ahead of next year’s governorship election?
Like any institution, there are challenges. The challenge is to ensure that all the interest groups unite to avoid division. This is common to all political parties. In any institution or organisation, there are diverse interests. They need to be protected. We are now solving the problem, using the experience of the last election to resolve it and we are making progress.
There is the feeling that the activities of APC aspirants in Ondo State are also polarising the party. What is your reaction?
The opposite is the answer. The more you have the aspirants, the more activities you have in the party. It becomes more exciting. More people are involved. A lot of people are coming out with different ideas, vision and programmes. On the economic aspect of it, there will be boom in the economy of the state. Printers will be busy. People will be more engaged in political activities.
It increases the awareness of the people politically. There are some of these aspirants who just want to be known. They are not spending money. They may be using it to negotiate for other positions. These are nice political activities. We also had rumours that some of them may be moles for other political parties. The party exco is aware of these activities in the party and they are very experienced. Since they
know the intention of some of the candidates, it is easy to know those candidates that are serious, competent and fit to be the governor of the state. They know the candidates that are qualified to contest and the governor will emerge from among them.
Is it not confounding to you that some of these aspirants are building personal structures, instead of building the party?
Well, what you refer to as personal structures are groups, which must be integrated into the party. All over the world, there are interest groups that must be formed. The only thing is that the leadership of the groups must subject the interest of the groups to the interest of the party and that is in conformity with the principles of democracy.
The lesson we have learned is that we must not sacrifice the interest of the society or the party at the altar of the group. At our level, we build the party politically, socially, psychologically and financially, in all ramifications.
That is why our group is called the Unity Forum.   It is the only group in the state that is reaching out the other groups so that we can have a united front to drive away the PDP government from the state. The leader of the Unity Group is the only person that has n grouse against any other group, but I have been organising other groups for unity. This can be described as the bride without spot as quoted by the holy book. None of the groups have anything against our groups. Therefore, they all find it easy to work with us. That is why the Unity Forum is growing fast and rapidly.
First and foremost, we will work hard to restore our lost virtue and value. We will develop technological and managerial capability in order to harness our various resources, with little dependence on foreigners. We will develop organic food that is now the new paradigm shift in economic returns, apart from IT, so that Ondo State can become the hub for organic food globally. We will avail them of various opportunities offered by our international connections, from African Pacific Funding and Management and other multi-lateral institutions. Ministries of Industry, Trade and Investment will be established, with offices in Europe, America and Asia. This will increase our international profile, export drive and employment generation. We should be able to generate about 500,000 employment through this drive.
We will set up Government Demand Industry (GDI). Through this, a lot of industries will be set up to complement the major industry that will support the government policies and programmes.
For example, if we are rehabilitating schools, industries will be set up to provide roofing sheets and other education infrastructure. We are going to set up People Demand Industry (PDI). Right now, 80 percent of what our people need are brought in from outside.
We will set up small scale industries along under PPP. We will provide part of funding, training and good and services depot that will supply the populace at a very reduce rate so that they can have economic value on their income. We will integrate our secondary schools with international schools through the World wide libraries.
What is your position on the agitation for power shift by the people of Akure and Akoko?
The agitations are legitimate. Our party will promote equity, fairness and justice.
What is the assurance that you will beat other aspirants during the primary?
My good work will speak for me. With God’s support and my work speaking for me and the people that God will use, my victory at the primary is assured.
What gives the APC the boldness that it can sack the PDP from Ondo State?
The PDP is dead in Ondo State. It only needs to be buried. The PDP is in comatose. People are leaving the PDP for the APC. The former deputy governor is now in the APC. Commissioners, special advisers, former governorship aspirants are defecting. What remains is the carcass. People are leaving the PDP in droves.


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