Ekiti 2018: Money Bags Won’t Have Their Ways – APC Aspirant

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By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

As the race to the Ekiti state 2018 Gubernatorial poll billed for July 14 gathers momentum, a Governorship hopeful on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Dr. Adebayo Orire has warned those relying on money to win the party’s ticket to bury such thoughts, saying the delegates are determined to reject them and vote for a sellable candidate.


Orire, who is also a medical practitioner, said what the electorate are craving after the July 14 poll,was a home grown politician,who can fraternise freely with the grassroots  and not those who have not contributed to the socio-economic development of the state.Orire gave the warning on Monday in Ado-Ekiti,the state capital while featuring at a programme tagged : ‘My  Agenda’ organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ekiti  State Council.

He said those banking on money to ‎”buy”the delegates will be disappointed at the primary.
“People have sold their future in the past and they have realized
that. The kind of leadership people now wanted is that of a home grown governor,who can understand the people and  not a packaged leader  that will end up disappointing the masses”, he said.On his agenda for the people,Orire said he would strengthen the state
via economic rebirth,civil reengineering and rebranding of  the culture and integrity of an average Ekiti people.

“I will give Ekiti 100 million stands of cocoa,50  million of palm
trees,apart from improving animal husbandry and fishery within four
years.

“I will revive the moribund industries like Road Maintenance Company in Igbemo-Ekiti and Ire Burnt Brick through Public-Private
Partnership(PPP) to increase production and generate money.

“Our projection is to give Ekiti 100 Small,medium and large scale
enterprises in four years. We are going to work with the Nigeria
Industrial Bank for loans to actualize this.

“Our government will be fully involved in housing. We will give all
the 133 towns in Ekiti masterplans, so that we can add aesthetic values to our environment to attract investors.“We will key into the federal mortgage system to give Ekiti affordable houses  and our health will be funded through contributory health scheme where money will be coming from a pool, so the rich and the poor can have the same access to healthcare system”.

The Governorship hopeful also said that the Coalition for Nigeria Movement(CNM) recently
formed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo was full of old
politicians,who had contributed to Nigeria’s downfall.He pointed out that 90 percent of what Obasanjo raised in his letter to President Muhammadu Buhari were true and apposite,advising that the party must use those areas that would be of benefit to the nation,rather than resorting to criticism.

“Former President Obasanjo is a nationalist,he loves this country and nobody can take that from him.
“He could as well  settled privately those things he raised publicly
with president Buhari. But our party leaders must study the issues raised and use them to the benefit of the nation.“However,his proposed coalition may end up becoming a fluke,because most of the politicians there were those that had sucked Nigeria beyond normal. They have participated in the ruin and let him get a new set of people for the bidding if he actually means business”.

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