Ekiti 2018: Fayemi declares for governor…Says Fayose’s white paper cannot stop him

Fayemi at the rally

Immediate past Governor of Ekiti State and Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Saturday formally declared his intention to contest  the July 14 governorship election in the state, saying efforts by the Ayodele Fayose government to stop him through a kangaroo panel remains an exercise in futility.

Fayemi while addressing a mammoth crowd of supporters at a rally in Ado-Ekiti, shortly after a meeting with APC executives at the party secretariat, said he was contesting the election with the intention to dislodge Fayose, whose government had brought untold misery to Ekiti people through its dubious and insensitive approach to governance.

The carnival-like rally shot down the entire Ado-Ekiti the state capital, as Dr. Fayemi and his supporters trekked  from Fajuyi area of the city to the party secretariat at Ajilosun, with jubilant crowd chanting APC songs.

The crowd at the rally became ecstatic when Fayemi brought out a red card from his pocket which he symbolically flashed at Governor Fayose and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), declaring an end to the PDP-led government in the state.

Fayemi said the incumbent government’s White paper cannot stop him from contesting and winning the July 14 election.  He said the White paper issued against him by the Fayose government was hurriedly packaged with the hope of stopping him from joining the guber race.

He explained that the incumbent government, in the desperate bid to nail him disregarded the laws of the country, adding that the red card is his answer to the Fayose’s White Paper..

Traffic was grounded for about four hours in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, where a massive crowd which overwhelmed the city, turned out to hear Fayemi speak on his agenda for the state.

Speaking, Fayemi said the state had retrogressed sharply in the last four years he left office adding that his bid to run for the governorship was motivated by the need to “rescue Ekiti people from bad governance, want, hunger and poverty.”

He lamented the suffering of teachers, state civil servants, local government workers, and pensioners who are being owed backlog of arrears of salaries, allowances and benefits,among others

Present at the party secretariat and the rally were Fayemi’s wife, Bisi; his former deputy governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu; Nigeria’s Ambassador to Hungary, Dr. Eniola Ajayi, and other notable party leaders in the state as well as former officials in his administration.

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