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I’ll make agriculture more lucrative for farmers if elected – Ajayi

Agboola Ajayi

Agboola Ajayi, the Ondo state governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 16th, 2024 election, has said that he will make agriculture a more attractive and lucrative venture for both old and new farmers through encouragement of what, he termed, aggressive mechanised farming.

Ajayi, a former deputy governor and the candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in the 2020 governorship election, stated this on Wednesday while speaking with journalists at the NUJ Press Centre, Akure, ahead of his campaign tour to all the 18 local council areas of the State.

He said; “my government will encourage massive mechanized farming, farmers will be provided with adequate facilities to aide their businesses. As we speak today, there is no single tractor provided for farmers in Ondo state, so, how do you expect mechanized farming to thrive in such state? I believe that Ondo state can feed the entire South-West states.”

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According to him, joining the race to become the next governor of Ondo State would transform the economic of the state and sustain growth.

The former House of Representatives Member, who explained that economic growth is the most powerful instrument for reducing poverty and improving the wellbeing of the people said as a grassroots politician, he understands what is required to revive the economy of the coastal State.

But, Eddy Olafeso, the former National Vice Chairman (South-West) and current Zonal Liaison Desk Officer of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), who also spoke at the event, described Ajayi as personality who is unwavering, tenacious, persistent, persevering and never giving up.

Olafeso, who said agriculture remains at the centre of Nigeria’s national identity said the APC government, particularly in Ondo state can hardly be said to have made farming a priority.

Tola Alabere, the State Chairman of the party, however, said that the party would win the November 16 governorship election in the State.