By: OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Ahead of the Ekiti State Governorship election holding Saturday, President Muhammadu Buhari has advised Ekiti electorate to key into the change agenda being propagated by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the country.
Ado-Ifaki road has been re-awarded.
This was as the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the National Chairman of the party, Com. Adams Oshiomhole, urged Ekiti electorate to vote Fayemi to bail the state out of poverty being experienced under Governor Ayodele Fayose’s government. Dignitaries at the event are: Governor Rotimi Akeredolu(Ondo), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Bindow Jbrilla (Adamawa), Kashim Shetima (Borno), Senator Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Edo Deputy Governor, Hon. Philip Shuaib, Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Yahaya Bello (Kogi).
Others include: Secretary to the Government of the Federation,Boss Mustapha, Ministers of Labour, Chief Chris Ngige, Works and Housing,Babatunde Raji Fashola, Senior Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs,Abike Dabiri, former Governors Niyi Adebayo, Segun Osoba, Segun Oni,Chief Bisi Akande, among others.
Buhari, while speaking at the mega rally organized to drum support for
Fayemi ahead of Saturday said, he had initiated 13 federal road
intervention projects in Ekiti State since assumption of office,
contrary to rumour that he had abandoned the state.
The event was held at the popular Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado Ekiti capital city.
The President said despite that Ekiti belongs to the opposition party
that his government has not denied Ekiti of any federal benefit since
he mounted the saddle of governance.
He added that his government has been working assiduously to stop the rampaging herdsmen and that nothing will be spared to achieve the onerous task of uniting Nigeria and make the citizens enjoy safety. appointments while people have also benefited from N-Power and intervention funds like bailouts funds despite belonging to opposition.
“So, don’t allow yourselves to be insulted by stomach infrastructure ,
vote APC on Saturday so that you can grow your own better
“Ekiti people must do the right thing by voting rightly , so that you
can reclaim your land and restore you values.
“I hereby present to you Dr. Fayemi , a former Minister of Mines and
Steel Development. As A Minister, Dr. Fayemi recorded a lot of
laudable achievements . So, don’t waste your , vote APC, vote Fayemi”,
On the killings across the country, which have been traced to
herdsmen, Buhari said: “Some are displaying mischievous attitudes by
linking me to killer herdsmen just because I am a Fulani man. This is
a cheap blackmail that was far from the truth”, he said.
Also speaking, the National leader of the party, Tinubu said the
massive looting of the treasury brought about the recession that hit
the economy under Buhari.
He urged the people not to be intimidated by the PDP, saying they
should come out on the day of election and vote for APC.
Tinubu said : “A vote for Fayemi, is a vote for development and the
future of Ekiti. He served as a Minister and President didn’t remove him. He was not sacked, but he only came to Ekiti to help you.
“On Saturday, you are protected. Don’t be intimidated by anybody, this is not like 2014. This time, it is going to be one man, one vote,
because Governor Fayose has been making noise that the election has
been rigged. APC is a decent party, it won’t rig election they way
The National Chairman of the party, Oshiomhole accused Fayose of
embezzling the N20 billion bailout funds given to the State by
President Buhari to pay workers.
He said Fayemi did excellently well as a governor of Ekiti State by
bringing finesse to governance, saying time has come for him to reap the fruits of his labour.
The former Edo State Governor , added that it was disheartening for
governor Fayose to have allegedly pauperized the people, urging the
electorate to appropriate their votes wisely for them to get rid of an
“Fayemi has promised that he will pay the arrears of salaries if
elected. He won’t sack anybody, because he is different from Fayose
who got N20 billion bailout and pocketed it, rather than paying
“Fayose, today has offended everybody, He has abused everybody . He even gave unlawful orders that shops should be closed down today just to show his hatred for President Buhari. He even manipulated the leaders of commercial drivers not to go to work today just to create obstacles.
“But I want to commend you for defying all these obstacles. Let me
also say that any worker or Vice Chancellor or Provost that was
victimized by Fayose will be promoted by Fayemi”, he assured.
He said the PDP has entered into merger deal with other ‘mushroom’
parties to unseat Buhari, saying their gang up against the present
government shall go to nullity, describing APC as a performing and
Speaking in turns, Governors Bagudu, Aregbesola , Amosun, Yari ,
Ajimobi , Bello and Akeredolu, urged the people to vote APC and join the progressive fold to escape the vicious circle level of poverty.
Speaking on behalf of the Ministers, Ngige said the anti-people
policies initiated by Fayose leading to non- payment of salaries have
been affecting Igbo traders adversely.
He urged Igbo traders in the state to put their destinies in their own
hands by rejecting PDP in the poll.
Fayemi, in his brief comment said candidates of 15 political parties
have endorsed him for the Saturday’s contest based on his track records.
“Saturday’s election will be credible, it will be fair, transparent
and credible . Nobody will rig because we are contesting based on our track records, which the people said were excellent.
“My concerned in this election is to chase away looters and those
pauperizing our people . President Buhari has instructed me to go back
and bring transformation back to Ekiti and the task shall be
While the Senator representing Ekiti Central, Mrs Fatima Raji Rasaki, a
serving member of the House of Representatives, Hon Olamide Oni and other PDP bigwigs also joined the ruling APC.