Ekiti State Governor and Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Kayode Fayemi with some elderly citizens during the Re-Elect JKF campaign rally in Igbara- Odo Ekiti in Ekiti South West…..on Friday
By Gbenga Sodeinde, Senior Correspondent, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Friday, 25th April, 2014 said he is sure of a landslide victory at the June 21 governorship election in the state.
Fayemi who is running on the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC), declared this in Ilawe Ekiti during his campaign tour to communities in Ekiti South West Local Government Area, adding that all his opponents would labour in vain in their bid to unseat him.
Apparently impressed by the mammoth crowd of residents of Ilawe, the council headquarters, who welcomed him to the town, Fayemi said his victory at the poll is a foregone conclusion.
The Governor noted that judging by the support and rousing welcome from the people of Ilawe, and the entire Ekiti South West LGA, he would not need much campaign to coast home to victory as the people appreciate what he has done in the area.
Fayemi explained that the past three-and-a -half years of his administration has been marked with unprecedented success in governance and massive transformation of the state through life-changing policies and projects.
On the Governor’s campaign train were his wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi; the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Dr Adewale Omirin; Chief of Staff, Mr Yemi Adaramodu; and members of the state’s executive council.
Other communities visited by the Governor’s campaign train include Ogotun and Igbara-Odo, where he was equally welcomed by large crowd of supporters. The Governor also visited the palaces of traditional rulers where he received royal blessings on his re-election bid.
Members of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Ekiti South West Local Government Area also pledged their support for Fayemi’s re-election bid citing his various incentives for their members the latest being the elevation of principals to Grade Level 17.
The APC flag bearer described Ilawe as a very important town in the state hence his administration’s gesture of executing key projects and the empowering the indigenes of the community.
He identified the construction of Ado-Ilawe Road, Ilawe-Ibuji Road which connects the state with Ondo State, payment of social security stipends to old people, renovation of schools, employment and empowerment opportunities for the indigenes of the community as some of the goodies enjoyed under his administration.
The Governor explained that the Ilawe-Ikere Road has been awarded to another contractor assuring that work will soon start.
He advised residents to be vigilant and guard their votes on election day to prevent electoral thieves from stealing their votes.
At Ogotun, Fayemi urged residents to keep watch on the votes at farmsteads surrounding the town where he pointed out that some opposition parties have perfected plots to rig.
He noted that the votes coming from the farmsteads must be accorded great importance.
The Governor charged Ogotun people to vote APC which he described as the only party that has their interest at heart.
Describing the opposition parties as noisemakers that have no electoral value, Fayemi said the completed and ongoing projects carried out by the APC administration are enough to convince the electorate to keep faith with the ruling APC.
While noting that June 21 is a day of decision in the state, the Governor called on voters in the community to come out enmasse and vote APC so that the good work being witnessed in the state would continue.
Rounding off his campaign at Igbara Odo, Fayemi told the people of the town that he has delivered on his campaign promises which has resulted in the positive changes being witnessed in the state.
The Governor noted that he derived the motivation to campaign in the community from the legacies of his administration which can be seen in the town.
He described Igbara Odo as a community that has always supported the progressives and Afenifere, urging the people to use their votes on election day to silence those who want to arrest the development already being enjoyed in the state.