- Kayode Fayemi has called on Ekiti people to vote for him
- According to him, he was running for office to eradicate poverty
- He thanked the people for coming out in spite of the threat from Fayose
Dr Kayode Fayemi, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Saturday election in Ekiti, on Tuesday, July 10, said he wanted to rule the state again to eradicate poverty among the people.
He stated this at APC’s final rally ahead of the election at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday.
Fayemi, who was governor of the state from 2010 to 2014, told the crowd that his successor, Governor Ayodele Fayose impoverished the citizens by not paying salaries and pensions.
According to him, Fayose deliberately deprived civil servants, teachers and pensioners their eight months’ salaries, pensions and gratuity, because he wanted to punish and make them beg for money on the streets.
He commended Ekiti people for coming out to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari contrary to the directives of the governor that nobody should come out to welcome the president to the state.
Fayemi, who resigned as minister of solid mineral and steel development to contest the election, appealed to the electorate in the state to come out en masse to vote for him on Saturday.
“I am so delighted with your determination to defy the unpopular order by Gov. Ayo Fayose that nobody should come out to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari to Ekiti.
“It is therefore time to send Fayose and his unpopular government out of office.
“I want you to vote for me on Saturday and show Gov. Fayose that the power of Ekiti people is much greater than his power," he said.
Meanwhile, a high-profile member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti, Ojudu Babafemi, earlier reported that Governor Fayose allegedly opposed President Muhammadu Buhari's visit to the state.
He said the governor shut down transportation, demanding that commercial vehicles should stay off the roads in a bid to hinder Buhari's visit which is supposed to take place on Tuesday, July 10.
According to Babafemi, Fayose also reportedly asked commercial vehicle owners to stay off the roads for the same purpose.
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