Ekiti Guber Election: Fayemi notifies APC leaders, public on interest to run

Postado Abril 15, 2018

In a letter the former governor personally signed and addressed to the national and state leadership of the All Progressives Party (APC) elders of the party, prominent citizens and traditional rulers in the state, he said that "public office is too serious to be left to charlatans".

He said: "One Sgt. Saghir Koli had revealed how the election was manipulated by the Nigerian Army in connivance with two former ministers: Musiliu Obanikoro and Abdul-Jelil Adesiyan in favour of Fayose - the then candidate of the PDP".

He said: "There are people who have power to ask for undue advantage, but we are saying it should not be granted to them".

Mr. Fayemi is the 37th aspirant seeking the APC governorship ticket. "If we do this, we will be damaging the brand the APC is known for", he said. That's the least that can happen to him.

Fayemi said the state has retrogressed sharply in the last four years he left office saying his bid to run again was motivated by the need to "rescue Ekiti people from bad governance, want, hunger and poverty".

Also addressing party leaders and supporters, Fayemi said the APC would work tirelessly to dethrone the PDP in the state.

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".

"Under my government, I increased the salary of workers from N5,000 to N7,000 and from N7,000 to N13,000 and later N19,300".

"The insinuations from the ruling party in the state that Otunba Segun Adewale is not contesting in the forthcoming governorship election of 2018 is false, wicked, mischievous and a mere political propaganda emanating from the jittery camp of political gladiators threatened by the soaring popularity of our aspirant - Otunba Segun Adewale who has volunteered to pay from his private purse three months salary arrears to all the civil servants in Ekiti state devastated by unpaid eight months salary arrears by the present dictatorial government marauding herself as friend of the masses", Eponpolaye added. During my time, education was free up to SSS 3.

"Today, I can boldly say there is no town I get to out of the 133 towns and villages in our dear state where I will not point to five projects".

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.

He however assured that whoever emerged from the party's primaries would be supported by other aspirants to ensure victory at the polls. If I decide today, if his wife is from Ekiti and she's in this race with me, President Buhari will still be fair to all of us. "Even if I ask, I know that I will not be granted".