The candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State and incumbent governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has been described as the most democratic and tolerant of all gubernatorial candidates for the election.
According to the spokesperson of the Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organisation, Mr. Dimeji Daniels, Dr. Fayemi has been able to clearly set himself aside from candidates of other political parties through his policies, programmes and conduct as governor.
Daniels said apart from his outstanding antecedents, the governor has not betrayed the culture of decency befitting of such office, unlike a former governor in the state who is also in the governorship race.
He added that when Fayemi became governor, he did not give in to petty politics by seeking vengeance against perceived opponents, rather he paid all outstanding emoluments and benefits of former political appointees, mainly PDP members who served in the Fayose and Oni administrations.
“The candidate of the PDP, Ayodele Fayose, would not have done this. All he sought to do as governor was to wipe off the imprints of his predecessor. Fayose either abandoned or erased projects by his predecessor in office.
“It is on record that Ikogosi Warm Spring, which the Fayemi administration has now made a world class tourist centre, suffered a major setback under the Fayose administration. It became the home of dangerous reptiles. It is also on record that Fayose scrapped the Ekiti State University College of Medicine. Were that college not scrapped, all its courses would have been fully accredited by now. That singular action by Fayose took Ekiti back many years into the dark past. That is the past Fayose and his sponsors are seeking to take Ekiti people back to,” he said.
Daniels said the Fayemi administration was a departure from the politics of pettiness as exhibited in the past.
“Apart from completing all the projects of his predecessors in office, Dr. Fayemi also retained 80 percent of the contractors hired by his predecessors. This is because he understands that the projects belong to Ekiti people and that abandoning them will be a sheer waste of public funds. If he was vindictive and after personal gains, Dr. Fayemi would have brought in new contractors, but because the only gains he was after were the collective gains of Ekti people, the governor continues to let the decency and the Omoluabi ethos which are inherent in him to be his guiding principles in his service to Ekiti people,” Daniels said.