Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose, yesterday, declared that Nigerians were yet to find an alternative to the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of next year’s general elections. Fayose also criticised the standard bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Kayode Fayemi, alleging that he never won the 2010 governorship election, but was handed to him by the then Justice Ayo Salami on a platter of gold through legal technicalities.
“Fayemi never won any election in Ekiti. It was Salami who gave him the mandate,” he insisted.This was just as the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, Governors Ikpeazu Okezie (Abia), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe) and traditional rulers in the state lauded Fayose for his performance in infrastructural development in the state.
The governor also denied borrowing money during his three and half years reign in office and debunked allegation by the opposition APC that he borrowed a certain N56billion.
Fayose, who spoke alongside other PDP governors during the inauguration of the new Governor’s Office in Ado Ekiti, said:[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“Nigerians have not found an alternative to PDP and l am sure that they are now regretting.
“I have not committed this state to any bank by one naira with these many projects that I have done and that I am doing.“I tell you expressly that 70 per cent percent of the infrastructures in Ekiti have been built by me.”
The governor said deployment of soldiers and Police would not save Fayemi from being defeated in the July 14 governorship poll.He insisted that the alleged poor performances of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had substantiated the fact that there was no alternative to PDP in the running of government at the centre.
Wike, who lambasted the APC-led federal government for allegedly performing poorly, said:[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“I don’t associate with those who don’t know what development is all about. Anyone I associate with shows that there is something positive about him.
“Fayose has shown that politics is all about development. Even though they try to distract him and victimise him and refuse to give him his due, he will triumph.”Taking a swipe at Fayemi, he said:[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“I learnt somebody said he would win Ekiti because of the performance of the President. He should have said that he would win because of what he has been able to do for Ekiti.
“Anywhere you see PDP, all you see is development and programmes to better the lot of our people. Fayose has been able to do this because he believes in the agenda of PDP, which is development for the nation.“We will not commission wheel barrows, no PDP state would go and hire tractors. The kind of laudable projects PDP governors would be commissioning are the concrete ones like this new Governor’s Office.
“It is clear that this humble and obedient deputy governor, Prof Olusola Kolapo, will continue to do the great works of Fayose.[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“APC are not coming to contest election; the only thing they want to do is to rig election. Let us protect our votes, don’t give them any chance to rig the elections. Stay till the votes are counter and results declared. What will committee of 77 do in Ekiti? We are sure Eleka will win.
“I urge the federal government to allow the Jonathan standard to prevail during election. He never rigged the election and he conceded defeat even though he knew there were lapses.”Wike described former President Goodluck Jonathan, who was also at the occasion, as an example of a democrat, who knows what democracy is all about, one who never used his power to imprison opposition leaders and who respected the rule of law, one who said no one should shed blood because of him, which is not the case today in Nigeria.”
Pouring encomiums on Fayose, Secondus, said:[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“When Fayose came in 2014, he turned Ekiti around for good. Not only him, our PDP governors have always been commissioning projects.“We are proud of all of you. You are all united and marching forward to reclaim our mandate in 2019, as you have continued to show that you can deliver.
“I believe Nigerians have seen the difference between promise keepers and those who fail to deliver their promises. They promised dollar would reduce to one naira, but today, it has gone so high. They promised that petrol would be less than N50, but today, it is almost N200.
“Nigeria has become a killing field by herdsmen on daily basis.”Ikpeazu and Dankwambo said Fayose has scored high in putting in place developmental projects in Ekiti, adding:[tooltip id=”4500c2f113202943ff1ae30d00c9d4ac”] [/tooltip]“I am happy that in few months time, the people of Ekiti will be called out again to make a choice between continuity of good performance and perhaps uncertainty of what they don’t know.
“It is my pleasure to say the Ekiti people are very wise people and they will choose wisely. If you are confused about how to make up your mind, just look at the infrastructure projects Fayose has out on ground and choose it rightly.“I am also waiting for the very active and obedient deputy governor of Ekiti, who has been chosen as PDP candidate. I know Ekiti people will vote you. You are a leading light in Nigeria. We appreciate your courage and boldness.”
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