Ekiti 2018: Pick Your Own Candidate From Ikere – Fayose Challenge APC

Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has told the state chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC to pick its candidate from Ikere-Ekiti to match his anointed candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola-Eleka in next year governorship election.

Fayose stated this in Ikere-Ekiti on Saturday, October 14, 2017, while inaugurating the dual carriage road linking the town with Ado-Ekiti, as well as water – spin fountain in the centre of the town. The 7-kilometre road is fitted with streetlights.

“Ekiti Central has ruled this state for three times, Ekiti North has ruled for two times and Ekiti South was yet to rule. I have made Ikere sons deputies thrice, this time around I want to give Ikere the ‘head of cow’. The only time when the Ikere produced governor was when Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua, became old Ondo State governor. Ikere is the headquarters of Ekiti South Senatorial District which deserves to produce the governor. I want APC to pick its candidate from Ikere to show strengths with Eleka, the crowd here is too much, see the crowd, if they truly love Ikere, let them pick their candidate here”.

The governor also said he would also take a holistic look at the chieftaincy tussle between the Ogoga and Olukere.

“The Olukere means very well as agitation in life is legitimate but we must do it in a peaceful manner. History will decide who is right. We will look into all agitations and we will take a stand that will be fair to all sides. The benefit that comes to your community is vital as roads, water etc do not know tribe and other issues.

“Ikere is my second home as there is Afao Quarter in Ikere. My father left here as a bookseller and prospered. During my first term, all the things I did were never improved upon. I have made Ikere sons deputy thrice and this time I have given you the head of the cow. You deserve the best. I will lay the foundation of Ikere Stadium before leaving office,” he said.

The governor said he has written to the Federal Government on the need to reimburse the state for the project, but that his major concern was the welfare of the people.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor of Gombe State, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, described Fayose as a leader worthy of emulation.

He noted that despite the economic challenges in the country, Fayose had done well.

He expressed confidence that their party, the Peoples Democratic Party would soon be back in power at the federal level and many states in the country.

The Paramount ruler of the town, the Ogoga of Ikere Kingdom, Oba Adejimi Adu Alagbado, said Fayose had written his name in gold and in the hearts of the people of the state by his sterling performance.

He said the governor had provided the infrastructural foundation for the economic and commercial take off of the town and urged the people to take advantage of that.

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