In what looks like a community’s rage against a vicious terror, more Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders on Monday in Ekiti West and Ijero local governments renounced their membership of PDP to pitch tents with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to sack Governor Ayodele Fayose in the July 14 governorship poll, as Dr
Kayode Fayemi continued his campaign shuttles to sell his manifesto to voters.
Fayemi in company of his deputy, Bisi Egbeyemi, and party chiefs, including state party Chairman Jide Awe addressed rallies in Aramoko, Erio, Ido-Ile, Okemesi, Ikoro, Ijero, Ijurin, Iloro, among others, where he urged voters to reject continuity agenda of Fayose to perpetuate poverty among Ekiti people.
Like in previous campaign rallies, hundreds of PDP leaders led crowds of supporters to defect to APC in virtually all the communities visited, citing Fayose’s “deceit, wickedness, lies and greed” as reasons.
In Aramoko, a stronghold of PDP where the visits kicked off Monday, no fewer than 30 of its top leaders led hundreds of supporters to defect to APC while in Ido-Ile, residents said they would vote for Fayemi for the water project, roads, schools rehabilitation and social security for the elderly people he provided in his first term.
Fayemi expressed delight that it was mainly those giving APC headaches that defected to APC in Aramoko and assured them of equal treatment in their new party.
He listed his achievements in agriculture, schools and hospital rehabilitation, social security, appointments, education, roads and electricity, among others, in Aramoko to the thunderous applause of supporters, regretting that nothing had been added to what he did in the town except for Fayose to introduce payment of tax by school pupils while workers are unpaid for between six and 10 months.
He urged the people to dismiss Fayose’s lies on debts, saying though he borrowed N25b to implement projects that are verifiable, including completing projects started by Segun Oni’s administration, he paid back N14.5b of the loan before leaving office while Fayose had so far borrowed N56b but did nothing with it except a bridge built at over-bloated cost.
Fayemi said the road he awarded but abandoned by Fayose would be completed, including new projects that the community might request for in his budget.
He urged the people to reject continuity of sufferings, unpaid salaries and lies that Fayose wanted to sustain by working to instal Prof Eleka as his successor.
In Erio-Ekiti home town of Fayose’s wife, residents regretted that though Fayose is their son-in-law, they had not seen any development assistance from neither Fayose nor his wife in the last three years.
The community presented a copy of the Holy Bible to Fayemi, declaring that APC candidate represented a soldier of Christ who will always win his battles. They said victory is sure for Fayemi on July 14.
Fayemi expressed shock that the road he initiated leading to Erio worship centre was abandoned by Fayose, promising to complete the project and implement other ones they choose in his pre-budget meetings with the people.
He promised to continue his pro-people schemes, including social security, free education and helping students to pay for public examinations and scholarships.
The rally at Okemesi was dramatic, as residents in the town openly rained abuses on one of her sons in Fayose’s administration who early in the morning allegedly led thugs in knife battle to create sense of insecurity to disrupt APC rally.
The Owa Ooye of Okemesi, Oba Gbadebo Adedeji, in his palace praised Fayemi for appointing indigenes, including Adewale Fapohunda, into his government, while Kayode Fasakin was a member of the House of Assembly. The monarch said they were the best to represent the town in government.
He said the town had the best of times while Fayemi was governor, even as he praised Fayemi for constructing the abandoned road to the town’s hospital. The monarch assured Fayemi of total support of the community.
At Ikoro-Ekiti country home of the third runner-up in APC primary, Kayode Ojo, the former aspirant, who described Egbeyemi as his father’s friend, urged the people to vote for Fayemi, reminding the people that Fayemi’s years as governor was an evergreen experience in the development process of the town.
Another party chief from the town, Femi Thomas, regretted Fayose’s neglect of the town despite support for him in 2014. He described Fayemi as a man of honour who can be trusted with his words while another former aspirant, Dr Bayo Orire, spoke in the same vein, urging residents to vote for Fayemi.