Ekiti 2018: Fayemi Declares For Governor

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Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State and Minister of Mines and Steel
Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Saturday formally declared his
intention to contest the July 14 governorship election in the state,
saying efforts by the Ayodele Fayose government to stop him through a
kangaroo panel remains an exercise in futility.

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Fayemi while addressing a mammoth crowd of supporters at a rally in
Ado-Ekiti, shortly after a meeting with APC executives at the party
secretariat, said he was contesting the election with the intention to
dislodge Fayose, whose government had brought untold misery to Ekiti
people through its dubious and insensitive approach to governance.

The carnival-like rally shot down the entire Ado-Ekiti the state
capital, as Dr Fayemi and his supporters trekked from Fajuyi area of
the city to the party secretariat at Ajilosun, with jubilant crowd
chanting APC songs.

The crowd at the rally became ecstatic when Fayemi brought out a red
card from his pocket which he symbolically flashed at Governor Fayose
and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), declaring an end to the PDP-led
government in the state.

Fayemi said the incumbent government’s White paper cannot stop him
from contesting and winning the July 14 election. He said the White
paper issued against him by the Fayose government was hurriedly packaged
with the hope of stopping him from joining the guber race.

He explained that the incumbent government, in the desperate bid to nail
him disregarded the laws of the country, adding that the red card is his
answer to the Fayose’s White Paper..

Traffic was grounded for about four hours in Ado-Ekiti, the state
capital, where a massive crowd which overwhelmed the city, turned out to
hear Fayemi speak on his agenda for the state.

Speaking, Fayemi said the state had retrogressed sharply in the last
four years he left office adding that his bid to run for the
governorship was motivated by the need to “rescue Ekiti people from
bad governance, want, hunger and poverty.”

He lamented the suffering of teachers, state civil servants, local
government workers, and pensioners who are being owed backlog of arrears
of salaries, allowances and benefits.

Fayemi said the Fayose government had no excuse for not paying
workers’ salaries and pensioners benefits having collected two
tranches of bailout funds, two tranches of Paris Club refund and Budget
Support Funds for thirteen months.

He also disclosed that latest records from the Debt Management Office
(DMO) showed that Fayose had borrowed N56 billion since coming to power
in October 2014 with nothing tangible to show for it. He also challenged
Fayose to make public the state’s IGR figure, wondering why the state
IGR figure which reached N600 million monthly during his tenure is now
shrouded in secrecy.

The former governor who admitted borrowing N25 billion, said the money
was spent on improving infrastructure in the state, including building
major road networks, revitalising moribund Ire Bricks company, Ikogosi
resort, government House, Civic centre, state pavilion, and
comprehensive renovation of all schools in the state.

The N25 billion bond, according to him had a seven- year tenure, with a
well structured monthly repayment plan, adding that the state had repaid
N14.5 billion before he left office in 2014.

Fayemi said Fayose would be brought to justice at the end of his tenure
on how he has mismanaged all the funds received from the Federal
Government on behalf of the people of the state.

Present at the party secretariat and the rally were Fayemi’s wife,
Bisi; his former deputy governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu; Nigeria’s
Ambassador to Hungary, Dr. Eniola Ajayi, and other notable party leaders
in the state as well as former officials in his administration.

He said all APC members who had joined the governorship race are
eminently qualified to occupy the state’s number one seat saying
anyone who emerges as the flag bearer would be supported by all.

The minister declared that everything humanly, constitutionally and
legally possible would be done to win Ekiti State for APC at the next
governorship election.

Fayemi said: “ I am in the race to win. I shall be campaigning on the
strength of my past achievements as governor of the state and the
achievements of the President Buhari –led APC government at the
centre.

“Every time I move around, I see the suffering and penury our people
are going through. I saw their pain and pangs of not knowing where the
next meal will come from.

“It is even more painful when you realise that all the people-oriented
programmes, designed and implemented by my administration and which
helped to lift the people out of poverty and misery had been cancelled.

“The social security scheme for the elderly citizens has been
cancelled, Youth in Commercial Agriculture Scheme (YCAD) has been
cancelled, no free education for our children, EKSTMA is no more.

“The state is no longer moving forward just because a charlatan is in
the saddle. Sad.

“We will do everything that is required to win Ekiti back, they will
accuse us of using federal might. Although power belongs to God and he
gives it to whosoever he wishes. The PDP government in Ekiti, knows
their time is up and that is why they are jittery and resorting to all
manners of pranks.

“They are now dangling their white paper. Their white paper is nothing
but a tissue paper. That is why we must tell the man who is shouting
around that he has a White Paper, we have a red card for him and his
party. We will ensure that he will end up in jail.”

Fayemi described Fayose as a “pathological liar” for claiming that
the debt he (Fayemi) left behind was responsible for his (Fayose’s)
inability to pay workers’ salaries and pensioners benefits as and when
due.

The ex-governor explained that he took a N25 billion bond from the
Capital Market in December 2011 with which he executed capital projects
adding that he had repaid N14.5 billion at the time he left office in
October 2014.

Dismissing the opposition’s claim that he hates workers and teachers,
Fayemi stressed that workers enjoyed most during his administration when
they enjoyed salary increase three times.

Apart from this, he said workers were sponsored to local and overseas
seminars, teachers got Core Subjects Allowance, Rural Teachers Allowance
and no worker was sacked.

Fayemi said: “When I come before you, it is with profound need for the
unfinished business, we need to complete what we started, reclaim our
land and restore our land.

“Anywhere Ekiti people go, people subject us to questions that what is
wrong with you Ekiti people? We thought you are educated, we thought you
are exposed, how do you come up with a character like this as governor?

“It is time to put a stop to that; it is not about title, it is about
sacrifice and whatever it will take us to free Ekiti from these criminal
and rapacious brigands, we will do it.” He added.

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