The gubernatorial candidate of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, ANRP, in Oyo State, Mr Olalekan Ayorinde, has promised to create a ministry for traders.
Ayorinde spoke yesterday when theAssociation of Tradesmen & Artisans in the state under the leadership of Alhaji Hamzat Kolawole Yisau yesterday threw their weight behind his aspiration.
The endorsement came yesterday when Ayorinde and the leadership of the ANRP in the state hosted the artisans and tradesmen in Ibadan, the state capital, yesterday.
Ayorinde, who was obviously elated, promised that he would establish a bank for the artisans if he emerges, adding that “We will be meeting your association’s executives to know how to better improve the welfare of members.”
He went further to say that “Though our party is new, artisans and tradesmen are the bedrock and backbone of the party. My administration will be committed to the betterment of tradesmen and artisans. Most politicians believe that the problem of artisans and tradesmen is money and I enjoin you never to be carried away with that because even the current ‘tradermoni’ is politically inclined.
“We all have the power of choice in 2019 and I want you to be prepared. The power to deliver ourselves from poverty in our dear Oyo state lies with us, and our vote is our power. Let’s make a statement in 2019 through our votes.
“I am also concerned about the women and this is why I have a female deputy governor in person Alhaja Tinuke Adesope. Hence, our government is gender inclusive. Let the women see this as an opportunity, now that we have a deputy governor that can represent your interest. We have no godfather, this is your party. You all have a voice in our government.
Speaking earlier, one of the leadership of the association, Mr Abiodun Lawal, congratulatedAyorinde for commanding the presence of almost all the association leaderships and members.
He also saluted his sensitivity to aligning with the artisans and tradesmen. “We are fascinated by your blueprints and plans for Oyo state, and the gender inclusiveness of your government. Hence, we pledge our full support.