- Governor Fayose's endorsement of his deputy has continued to generate reactions from party members in the state
- Governor Fayose had some time ago endorsed his deputy, Prof Kolapo Olusola as the gubernatorial candidate for the state in 2018
- The move has however been rejected by some PDP members in the state
The unilateral endorsement of the deputy governor of Ekiti state, Prof. Kolapo Olusola by Governor Ayodele Fayose as the governorship candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has continued to generate controversies.
While some people believe the move is a political strategy deployed by Fayose to retain the state, others believe it has a secret undertone to it.
“The governor might only be deploying a radical tactic to ensure that his choice candidate emerge as his successor in 2018,” an observer said.
On his part, Otunba Segun Adewale, a stalwart of the Lagos PDP and an indigene of Ipoti-Ekiti in Ijero local government area said irrespective of Fayose’s action, the people would be the ultimate decider through their votes, The Guardian reports.
Speaking about his ambition, he said: “I am interested in Ekiti politics to lead the repositioning effort of a state with potentials great enough to determine the future of Nigeria.”
He also disclosed that despite having concentrated his political efforts in Lagos over the years, he has supported the political aspirations of friends and family in Ekiti.
“I was hoping they will do what is best for the people but the situation kept deteriorating in the state. I believe in giving back to the society, Lagos to a large extent contributed to who I have grown to become, hence my investment in my immediate environment. It is time to replicate what God prompted me to do for those around me in Lagos in Ekiti and the southwest in general.”
He said his expectation was that the big names in Ekiti politics would have answers to the challenges of the people “but they seem not to understand how to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people. Rather, our people are getting poorer from one administration to the other. For over 10 years I resisted efforts by my kinsmen who persuaded me into joining Ekiti politics. Two years ago, I reluctantly agreed to reconsider my stand and reappraise the situation in my home state.”
However, a youth leader in the Ekiti PDP, Mr Babatunde Oyedele called on organs of the party and state’s indigenes to support the candidature of deputy governor.
“I am aware the party is trying its best to ensure the interests of various stakeholders are protected but for the sake of our state’s development, I call on well-meaning indigenes of our state to support Olusola. “I also applaud the brilliant act of Governor Fayose to nominate a honest, diligent, visionary and intelligent man like his deputy to be the sole candidate of the party. There cannot be a better time to have a man like Prof. Olusola to be the next governor of Ekiti. This time is important to us because we are in dire need of a transparent, open minded and focused man like him to manage the resources of Ekiti,” he said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Uche Secondus declared that the party will conduct open primaries in future elections.
Secondus made this known in Ado Ekiti during an official visit to present party flags to chairmanship and councillorship candidates, ahead of tomorrow’s local government election. According to him, the desire of the new leadership is to return power to the members at the grassroots.
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