By Simon Ebegbulem, Benin City
THE former Edo State representative in the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), and former Majority leader of the State House of Assembly, Mr. Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, yesterday, declared his intension to run for the April 14, 2012 governorship election in the state.
The former lawmaker who said he will pursue his ambition under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), bemoaned what he described as high level of insecurity in the state with a promise that if elected governor, his administration would ensure the protection of lives and property of the citizens.
He said the present Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) administration in the state had spent over N10 billion as security vote but unfortunately, the amount had not reflected in the security situation in the state.
Iduoriyekemwen said he would lead an administration that would use security vote to encourage entrepreneurs, provide loans to indigent farmers and small scale businesses and generate employment for the youth with a view to making them productive and keeping them away from crime.
Besides, the Edo PDP governorship aspirant said he would lead an administration that would enthrone an economic agenda which would be all-embracing.
According to him, his administration would reform the education sector to include not only the building and renovation of schools but also the provision of incentives to teachers, restructure the health sector in a way that quality health care facilities would be provided and decentralised with a view to reaching both urban and rural dwellers.
He further urged the PDP delegates to be wise with their votes because “ we must not look at money or who is richer but a person that will be able to defeat Oshiomhole and give good governance to the people of our state”.