By Gbenga Sodeinde, Senior Correspondent, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said that he is seeking re-election based on his record of achievements which has become a thorn in the flesh of the opposition.
Speaking at a mega rally in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, southwest Nigeria, on Thursday, 27th March, 2014, the Governor said he has not betrayed the trust reposed in him by Ekiti people and that unlike the candidates in the other political parties, the people of the state can judge him based on his performance.
“There are people who can come and promise heaven and earth. There are people who will tell you what they want to do.
”The advantage that I have as your son, as your brother, as your leader, is that I can tell you what I have done on education. I can tell you how I have made the lives of our elderly people better in Ekiti and how I have banished poverty in the lives of our elderly. I can tell you what I have done in the area of infrastructure. I can tell you what I have done in the health sector. I can tell you what our women have benefitted by having a gender-sensitive leader. I can tell you what is happening in tourism in Ikogosi.
”I can tell you what we have done in reviving industries. I can tell you how we have made lives better by creating jobs and empowering our people. This is a record that I challenge every other person who wants to enter this race, regardless of parties, to share with Ekiti people. Luckily, some of the names we are seeing, they are names of people who have been there before and we knew what they did. Our people are intelligent enough to make decisions based on the records of everyone of us,” Fayemi said.
The Governor, however, said the task of repositioning the state has not ended, hence his reason for going to the poll once again to seek re-election.
Fayemi, who added that his numerous achievements cannot be challenged by the opposition, said the opposition has therefore resorted to lies to pitch some sectors of the state such as teachers and commercial motorcyclists against him.
The Governor said “they cannot challenge the records. They cannot say the roads are not there. They cannot say the schools are not new. They cannot say the hospitals are not there. They cannot say we have not worked, so what they have resorted to is lies, lies and lies.
“They know we are the state of teachers. They are trying to poison the minds of teachers. Fayemi will not sack teachers. Fayemi will keep employing teachers. Fayemi will remunerate teachers. We are the only state that pays 20 percent rural teachers allowance in Nigeria. We are also the only state that pays 20 percent core subjects allowance in Nigeria. There is nothing that is independently verifiable that they can use against us with teachers and the teachers know better.”
Fayemi said the opposition has also lied that he was going to destroy markets when re-elected, adding that his administration is presently building ultra-modern markets across the state.
He explained that the June 21 governorship is not about him, but about consolidating on the achievements of the last three and a half years and ensuring that the state does not go back to the dark days of one week, one trouble, violence and looting of public funds.
Some of the governors who were present at the rally also lent their voices to the re-election bid of the Ekiti State Governor.
Ogun State Ibikunke Amosun said Dr. Fayemi has actually worked for the people of Ekiti State and that all the things his predecessors in office said were not possible have now been done for the people of Ekiti to see and feel.
He said unlike before, Ekiti State now have good roads, social security for the elderly citizens and many other life-enhancing programmes of the Fayemi administration.
“Ekiti people should not allow deceivers to plunge them back to the dark days. Everyone agrees that Fayemi has performed. The other parties don’t have anything. All they want to do is to rig. We should all be ready to say one man, one vote”, Amosun said.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, Chief Jide Awe, said his party does not need any external forces to win the June 21 election as it has Ekiti people on its side.
He said irrespective of the threats or forces against the re-election of Dr. Fayemi, the people of Ekiti have already made up their minds to re-elect the governor.
The rally was well-attended by fellow governors on the platform of the APC such as: Murtala Nyako, Adamawa; Aliyu Wamakko, Sokoto; Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun; Abiola Ajimobi, Oyo; Rochas Okorocha, Imo; Rauf Aregbesola, Osun; and Kashim Shetima, Borno.
Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, was represented by his deputy, Elder Peter Kishira.
Former Ekiti State Governor and APC Southwest National Vice Chairman, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sherif were also in attendance.