Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has for the umpteenth time emphasized his resolve to ensure the most popular aspirant emerge PDP candidate in the December 2017 local government council election.
Mr. Fayose said his previous attempts to impose candidates in past elections has not yielded desired results hence his resolve to allow the system produce the best candidates as well as allow God choose for him in the 2018 governorship race. The governor reiterated these at a meeting with PDP aspirants and leaders from Emure and Ekiti West Local Government Areas on Sunday in Afao Ekiti, his country home.
“I want to promise before man and God that in this forth coming LG election, I will be impartial. I am not going to impose anyone on you, those for whom we did that in the past paid us in bad coin, they made us regret that action”, he said.
The governor also warned all LG party chairmen against imposition of aspirants adding that any aspirant imposed on the people will be disqualified.
The governor who cautioned aspirants against being desperate said there should be no bitterness once there is transparency and fairness, he urged whoever does not emerge as the party’s candidate to accept defeat in good fate.
At the meeting, participants were informed that while female aspirants are to obtain intent form for #25,000, their male counterpart are to get same for double that amount. The fee which is non refundable is aside a #5000 processing fee all payable to the party’s state headquarter in Ado-Ekiti.
Noting that his administration has yet to commit the state to any form of indebtedness, governor Fayose expressed hope at attending to projects begging for attention in these LGAs. He said “I have not borrowed a kobo on Ekiti’s name since I took over, the one Fayemi took, we will pay till 2036, development is a gradual thing, one day we’ll get there. I will try my best to fix Aramoko – Erinjiyan road, I constructed that road in my first term, may God help our finances”.
Taking a swipe on leaders who has refused to quit the political stage since independence, Mr. Fayose promised to send a bill to the Ekiti State House of Assembly which if passed will enable anyone from the age of 18 eligible to contest political offices in the state.
“I want to spearhead this struggle for the youths so we won’t be like some elders whose name we have been hearing since independence and up till date has refused to vacate the stage for the younger generation, I will send a bill that if passed will enable any 18 year old Ekiti person contest political office. Since they have the right to vote, we should give them the opportunity to be voted for”, the governor said.