All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has assured the electorate in the state of peaceful July 14, 2018 governorship election.
Fayemi urged eligible voters to come out and exercise their civic rights and not to be intimidated, saying that adequate security will be provided on election day.
He spoke yesterday, while on campaign tour of communities in Ido/Osi local government area of the state.
Fayemi who visited Ifaki, Orin, Ora, Aaye, Ifisin, Igbole, Osi, Ido, Ilogbo, Usi and Ayetoro where more Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leaders and members defected to the APC, said he was on a mission to rescue Ekiti people from poverty, misery and bad governance.
He said: “We will ensure adequate security for voters on election day because if you are not well protected, the election will not be free, fair, credible, transparent, genuine and acceptable.
“Fayose cannot threaten or intimidate anybody on the day of election. Fayose will only be allowed to cast his vote and he will go back to his house in Afao.”
Fayemi was supported at the campaign rallies by the deputy governorship candidate, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi; Ekiti APC chairman, Chief Olajide Awe; former minister of State for Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye; former House of Assembly Speaker, Dr. Adewale Omirin; former House of Assembly member, Mrs Bunmi Oriniowo and a senatorial aspirant, Dr. Olusegun Osinkolu.
He told the people that the PDP-led government has nothing to showcase in the communities visited in the last three and a half years saying that the projects being enjoyed by the people were the ones he (Fayemi) executed in his first tenure.
Fayemi said projects like civic centres, health centres, five kilometer community roads, school and hospital renovations are flagship projects that will swing votes in APC’s favour.
He promised that all the human capital development policies like payment of monthly stipends to the aged, free health services, free education, payment of WAEC, NECO, NABTEB and JAMB fees for pupils in public schools will be reintroduced the moment an APC government takes over in October.
Fayemi also promised more Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) assisted projects, employment through Peace Corps, Ekiti Traffic Management Agency (EKSTMA), return of Core Subject Allowances and Rural Teachers’ Allowances, regular payment of workers’ salaries and pensioners’ benefits.
According to him, a special health intervention programme for Obas and chiefs will return.
He also debunked the PDP allegation that he would sack teachers and civil servants noting that workers enjoyed salary increase three times during his first tenure.
Fayemi slammed Governor Ayodele Fayose for owing core civil servants, local government workers and teachers between five and nine months salaries despite getting financial reliefs from the federal government and calling himself friends of civil servants and teachers.
He said it was an act of irresponsibility and insincerity for the governor to be calling himself a friend of civil servants and teachers and still be owing them arrears of salaries.
The former minister of Mines and Steel Development urged party members and voters to go back to their units and work noting that election is not won on the social media but at the polling units.
Expressing regret that no worker had collected salaries meant for this year (2018), he added, “Let’s deal with them (PDP) with our votes, we are going to give them a bloodied nose with our votes on July 14 because Fayemi of today is different from that of yesterday.
“If the PDP people come here, they have nothing to campaign with and that is why they are resorting to lies but they have exhausted their lies.
“Go to your units, vote and protect your votes. Election is not done on Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp, the votes are at the polling units.
“APC will give a better life to our people, we have done it before and with your support, we will do it again because our legacies are all around the state for everybody to see.”
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