By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
As the race for the Ekiti State Governorship elections slated for June 18, a former state governor and Social Democratic Party (SDP) gubernatorial candidate, Engr Segun Oni,has assured that no amount of intimidation would prevent him from freeing the state from slavery allegedly brought by the present ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government in the state.
Oni, who made the vow while addressing mammoth crowd of party supporters in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital with his Deputy, Ladi Owolabi, said that he won’t take the voters for granted despite his popularity.
The former state helmsman however, expressed confidence that Ekiti people would stand by him through the rigours of election.
“We are not going to take voters for granted. We will visit all the farmsteads in Ado-Ekiti capital city and other towns. We have to work hard, but we are sure that victory is certain.
“If there are people that are threatening you, let us know. But let me beg you, if APC or PDP is campaigning anywhere, don’t go there and disturb them.
“But if any of them should come for thuggery where we campaign, they will be dealt with accordingly. Whoever provokes us would get a reaction, so they should be careful. Why could they be stoning us? What are they afraid of ?”, Oni asked.
The gubernatorial hopeful further disclosed that he would upgrade the newly founded Ekiti State Polytechnic,Isan-Ekiti to a university status, if elected governor in the June 18 poll.
The institution, established by Governor Kayode Fayemi in his Isan-Ekiti homestead as a College of Commercial Agriculture, was recently upgraded to a Polytechnic status.
Oni,however promised to provide more facilities and competent personnel at the Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology (BOUESTI), Ikere Ekiti, rather than scrapping it, as being wrongly insinuated.
The former Governor, said this in Ikere, Ado and Ekiti West Local governments, on Wednesday, during a campaign visit to the councils in furtherance of his ambition to be governor of the state.
He described as unfounded and baseless, the rumour being peddled by his adversaries that he had the intention of scrapping the BOUESTI, saying he would rather strengthen the institution, than doing such.
“If I am reelected, my intention is to dialogue with the people of Isan-Ekiti where our Polytechnic is and ask whether they want it upgraded or not. If they want it upgraded, we will make it a full-fledged university.
“This goes to tell you that I will never scrap BOUESTI. It is only a wicked governor that will destroy any programme meant to bring development. I don’t belong to that class of destroyers,I will rather be a builder”.
Speaking at Ilawe-Ekiti, the former governor, said his government would tap the axis’ potentials in banana plantation, by attracting a cottage industry to the area for more incomes for the farmers and employment opportunity for the locals.