Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Wednesday listed sustained
infrastructure development as one of the key priorities of his development
agenda for second term in office with a pledge to recommit himself to the
good and increased service delivery to the people of Ekiti State.
Fayemi, who was officially presented with the flag of the All Progressives
Congress (APC) to run as the candidate of the party in the June 21
election at an impressive rally held at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in
Ado-Ekiti, the state capital also highlighted the establishment of the
Ekiti Knowledge Zone (EKZ) and the execution of the Digital Transformation
Programme (DTP) as some of the initiatives to make more Ekiti youths
employable and gainfully employed. These are in addition to the creation
of the One Stop Investment Center aimed at attracting investors to
critical high yield investment sectors such as agriculture, tourism and
Other strategic areas listed in his Manifesto officially made public at
the rally include road and farmstead development, food security through
commodity-based approach to agricultural development, establishment of a
framework for fiscal sustainability, strengthening the institutional
capacity of the state’s civil service for improved service delivery,
The unveiled manifesto for Fayemi’s second term which was
tagged “Roadmap to Rapid Economic Growth and Development” otherwise known
as the Ekiti Agenda contains the policy thrusts of his administration from
2014 to 2018.
Fayemi said although the state has witnessed remarkable changes in the
last three and a half years, he was motivated to present himself for
re-election because of the need to build a society where all Ekiti people
will be partakers of a collective prosperity.
The APC standard- bearer stressed that he has kept faith with Ekiti values
as the people of the state has kept faith with him, noting that “Ekiti is
moving forward under his administration with the future of the state
Fayemi maintained that his commitment to serve is unyielding in and
outside office, adding that he was emboldened by the realization of the
fact that the endorsement of his administration is not about himself but
the endorsement of the values of which he is the vessel.
He said: “I was raised to understand that the life well-lived is a
continuum of service; service to God and service to humanity. Indeed, my
mentors and parents pressed upon me that service to God is demonstrated by
serving others positively, impacting the people around us, and by
demonstrating a fierce resolve to leave people better than they were when
they met you.”
Fayemi stresses the need for the nation to have real transformational
leadership at all levels, saying, “leadership itself is merely the
opportunity to serve and power is a God-given resource with which we are
meant to change lives for the better. I went into politics because I
believe that committed purpose-driven servant-leadership can provide
people with the tools that will empower them control over their
Tinubu in his remarks urged Ekiti electorate to come out en masse and vote
APC and not be intimidated by the policemen and soldiers whom he said are
paid from the resources of Nigerians.
He charged them not to go back to the dark days, saying God forbid a
reversal of good fortunes being enjoyed by Ekiti people under an APC -led
Tinubu explained that Fayemi has put his hands on the plough and had never
looked back, saying a vote for Fayemi is a vote for continuation of
goodies being enjoyed in education, healthcare delivery, social security
for the aged, among others.
The former Lagos helmsman called on Ekiti voters to be vigilant on
election day and ensure that every vote counts.
Imo State Governor and Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum, Owelle
Rochas Okorocha prayed that “may God never allow a bad man to rule Ekiti
State again “saying Fayemi is eminently qualified to rule in any part of
He said the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had put the development of the
country on the reverse gear while the only thing on its forward gear is
Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, on his part maintained his call for
the use of electoral card-reader for Ekiti and Osun governorship polls to
prevent the cloning of voter cards and voter register.
The Osun governor said Nigerians are sick and tired of the PDP and are
yearning for change at the federal level.
Oshiomhole warned Ekiti people to be careful not to elect “a candidate who
was tried, failed, impeached and charged to court for corruption”.
He explained that he noticed a great change in the state brought about by the
Fayemi administration, adding that the whole world is watching how Ekiti
poll will be conducted.
Former Ekiti Governor, Asiwaju Segun Oni, said a new political order is being put in place
in the state to ensure that the people enjoy dividends of democracy.
He said Ekiti people must ensure that Fayemi is voted back to office
massively to make more difference in their lives.
Oni added:”We are not here to enthrone mediocrity but for Ekiti people to
have a government that our children will benefit from.
“Anybody that I cannot point to as a role model to my children, I will never
endorse such a person. We don’t want a governor who will pass under the
barbed wire. We can no longer afford a governor that people will be asking
Ekiti people what is wrong with them. Ekiti says no to retrogression and that no is NO!”.
Though the symbolic flag of the party was handed over to Fayemi by the
Interim National Chairman of the APC, Chief Adebisi Akande, at the event
initially planned to be colourful, all the fanfare elements of the rally were
toned down in sympathy with victims of the recent bomb attacks by
terrorists in parts of the North.
A minute silence was observed in honour of victims of bomb blasts in Jos,
the Plateau State capital and prayers were held for the safe return of
Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by terrorists in Borno State.
APC stalwarts who witnessed the flag presentation included former Head of
State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd); former Lagos State Governor,Asiwaju
Bola Tinubu; former presidential candidate, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, former
House of Representatives Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Masari, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu,
former Kaduna governor, Gen. Jafaru Isa (rtd).
Fayemi’s brother governors at the rally included Rochas Okorocha (Imo),
Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara),
Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun),
Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), AbdulAziz Yari
(Zamfara) and Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe).All the governors presented Fayemi
with cards of endorsement.
Former Governors present were Chief Olusegun Osoba, (Ogun); Otunba Adeniyi
Adebayo,(Ekiti); Senator Danjuma Goje, (Gombe); Senator Abdullahi Adamu,
(Nasarawa)Senator Bukola Saraki, (Kwara), Timipre Sylva (Bayelsa) and
Segun Oni (Ekiti).
Ekiti Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu; her Osun counterpart, Mrs. Titi
Laoye-Tomori and Fayemi’s wife, Bisi, equally attended the rally.
Members of the National Assembly and members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly also graced the occasion.