Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose, has apologised to some aggrieved leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) over his open support for his Deputy, Professor Kolapo Olusola, as sole candidate of the party for July 14, 2018, Governorship Election.
Fayose while featuring on a monthly Radio and Television programme, tagged “meet your governor” said he has since realised his mistakes but would be difficult to back down on the matter.
The Governor, who waved an Olive branch to the aggrieved members, expressed confidence that the ongoing reconciliation in PDP at the national level was geared towards ensuring a truce between him and the aggrieved parties.
He, therefore, appealed to Prince Dayo Adeyeye, Ambassador Dare Bejide, and Senator Biodun Olujimi among others to work with him.
“In politics, everybody wants to win but only one will win. Today, they are not happy that we are supporting Olusola Eleka, our being with Olusola is not the end of the journey, there is still primaries, it is a game, if you win, others will support you, if not take it in good faith, my own is I am happy with every good process. Our goal is to win the election.
“As an individual, I have the right to support whoever I deem fit, that does not take anything away from the contestant’s quality. The health rangers programme is continuous, they are on two weeks’ break, they will continue afterward.
“If they are angry, I appeal to them, I am sorry, but that doesn’t change my support for Olusola Eleka. I don’t like to be a hypocrite and that is why I made known my position at the onset.
“The peace process that is ongoing is for all of us to work together and I appeal to them to work with me so we can win together. There are so many things we can do together.”
The Governor, who expressed confidence that his party would win the July 14 governorship poll with his Deputy as the candidate, adding his many developmental projects such as flyover, new market, dualised roads with street lights, among others are his scorecards that would defeat the APC.
Promising more projects, he said: “APC has gone to sleep in Ekiti. My awards are best expressed by the many projects I have to do me. The flyover bridge, Adunni Olayinka office, the new roads and dualised ones in all the local government areas, the new High court buildings, the new market which I will deliver before I leave by Gods grace.
“People would remember you eternal for what you do. I have been the governor who has done many projects more than all the governors that have ruled the state. A lot of people want to give me more awards but they are afraid.
“I have never lost any battle and I won’t lose any. So is the July 14, governorship poll in Ekiti State. I am the only one who has taken care of the teachers they neglected and made those ones to come first in the country. I have come first in every area of life even though my state receives one of the least allocations.”
He explained reasons why his government is demolishing dilapidated buildings in the state. “The demolitions in some areas of the state is necessary to our state can have a facelift. Those affected should not be offended; it is for the good of the society. I have just demolished the house of Anisulowo’s mother against his wish, all affected should please forgive me, it is in the Ekiti interest.
“The weather forecast for this year is not favourable, the rain is coming with heavy wind, I was at Abe Cocoa area of Ado-Ekiti. A pastor sold waterways to unsuspecting citizens, I am not going to wait till they are killed by the flood, the building on waterways must give way.
“I am not taking anybody’s land, tired buildings at the city centre have to give way to modern structures.
Governor Fayose dismissed as false the rumour that his government requested certificates of workers in a bid to sack some, saying: “It is cheap blackmail to say that we are requesting for certificates in the state. That is not true. It is also not true that we want to sack workers. We will not do that.
“The FG wants states to do staff audit as part of conditions to be given budget support. We did staff audit at the beginning of this administration and we are satisfied with it. I don’t have the intention of sacking anybody, what we are doing is headcount. If anybody asks you to bring certificates for verification, that person is not from me.
On the strike action that has made lecturers of the Ekiti State University to stay at home for about six weeks, he said: “EKSU strike is regrettable but I urge them to show understanding, I always table all accruals before the leadership of the workers, I have been very transparent from day one.”