*vows to trounce Fayemi again in Ekiti polls
By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on Friday said he has not backed down on his decision to contest the 2019 presidential poll not minding
the fact that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has zoned the ticket
to the Northern part of the country.
Fayose said he decided to relax on his campaign because of the approaching Ekiti governorship poll slated for July 14, saying the campaign will begin in earnest after the state election.
However, the governor boasted that he would repeat a resounding victory against Dr. Kayode Fayemi, if he is picked as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), saying he is not threatened by his rumoured ambition.
On the agitations of some PDP aggrieved aspirants that Fayose should be prevented from interfering with the primary, the governor assured that the state has no role to play in the shadow election, saying it remains the prerogative of the Chief Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee.
Some aggrieved PDP aspirants like; former Minister of Works, Prince
Dayo Adeyeye, Senator Biodun Olujimi, Owoseeni Ajayi and Ambassador Dare Bejide, had at a joint press conference on Monday advised Secondus to call Fayose to order and ensure that credible primary is conducted in Ekiti State.
Speaking during an interactive session with teachers in public primary and secondary schools at the government house in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital,Fayose said : “I am still in the presidential race I am only waiting for the time Ekiti governorship election will hold so I can have the time. Though,I am making contacts, I am reaching out to the people that matter across the country”.
On the primary election in Ekiti, Fayose said: “I have no role to
play, only the NWC will present the delegate lists for them to elect the candidate,so I won’t interfere despite my support for Prof. Kolapo
“I have no regret supporting Olusola , if it were those people I had supported, they won’t be abusing me. But they remain our brothers and sister and we are going to put our house in order at the right time so that we can be on the same page”, Fayose added.
Addressing the teachers,Fayose appealed to them to support Olusola the way they did to him in June 21, 2014 governorship election,where he defeated Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
He promised not to owe the teachers a dime at the expiration of his tenure on October 15, 2018, saying 1000 teachers will begin to benefit certain financial benefits from him commencing from the end of this month to give them a sense of belonging in his government..
“Don’t vote for those that will come here and sack you. When they
sacked your colleagues in Kaduna State, an APC leader in Ekiti said it
was a right step in the right direction and I believe such person is not good for Ekiti teachers.
“Prof. Olusola is a man of integrity, very hardworking and dependable ,
he won’t betray you. He will protect your interests and I want you to
Fayose added that all the outstanding salaries, allowances , bonuses and pensions shall be paid before he finally bows out as a governor.