As part of activities to mark the June 12 celebration, the Ekiti Development Front (EDF), has empowered 230 Ekiti residents.
The convener of the non-governmental organization, Barr. Adeoye Aribasoye said the group was poised to end poverty in the state and delivering on its mandate to the people of the state.
Speaking during the distribution of material to the beneficiaries at the ‘third phase’ of empowerment programme of the organization in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, Aribasoye debunked the claims in some quarters that the group was collecting voter cards from residents before empowering them.
The non governmental empowerment organisation with the support base for Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Candidate for the July 14, 2018 election in Ekiti State, accused the Ekiti state government of feeding the people with lies about its operation.
Aribasoye who said Governor Ayodele Fayose was found of accusing people of what he was up to said” One can understand why Fayose is disturbed by our membership drive and empowerment activities for the people.
“It is clear from his reaction that the heat has been turned on him. The heat is on him because of his own failure at fulfilling promises. You will recall that same Fayose during his gubernatorial campaign asked Ekiti youths to submit their CV at his spotless hotel with a promise that all of them will be provided with employment.
“All he did then was to cajole them. Till date, none of these youths was employed rather their CVs have all been burnt. It is also on records that Ayo Fayose promised Ekiti increase in their monthly payment. Instead of this, he laid off these seniors.
“It is therefore clear that such a man will not believe anyone could make a promise and fulfill same, the way our organization is doing.
“Secondly, Fayose has this false notion that he ‘owns the streets and that no other person can pull crowd in town. This was one of the major reasons he became unsettled when he saw that unprecedented crowd that came out to welcome Dr. Fayemi last week Friday.
“I know he must have been receiving security report about huge number of people coming to our head office to collect our membership form.
“Really, knowing that our organization with such large followership is supporting Dr. John Kayode Fayemi gave Fayose sleepless nights, hence the attendant criticism of our group.
“Unfortunately for him and his media aide, the more he tried to undermine our program, the best Ekiti people believe in our organization. More so we are fulfilling our promises to the people and people are on daily basis reposing confidence in our ability to deliver on our promises”.
At the today’s empowerment programme held at the head office of the EDF opposite Olaoluwa Muslim grammar School in Ado Ekiti had no fewer than 230 beneficiaries
Item given out include: Washing machines, sewing machines, stoning machines for fashion designers, walking stick, and grinding machines.
Others were empowered with driers for hairdressers, compressors/engines for vulcanizers, filling machines for shoe makers, spraying pump, generators, Day old chicks with feed among others with 120 families getting social intervention of food stuffs. with among others.
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