All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has urged commercial motorcyclists in Ekiti state to ignore allegation that their operations would be banned if he wins the July 14 poll.
Fayemi said rather than banning the okada business, he would give the operators more incentives including soft loans, equipment and provide good roads to aid their operation.
He spoke yesterday in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital at the launch of his free fuel supply to commercial motorcyclists in the state.
The launch held at Mobil Petrol Station along Ikere Road in Ajilosun the area of saw the motorcyclists pasted Fayemi’s poster on their bikes forming long queues to benefit from the gesture.
The motorcyclists who besieged the petrol station after they got wind of the development got five litres of fuel each in the scheme which continues on Tuesday.
The APC candidate urged the riders not to collect transport fare from the commuters they would be conveying.
Fayemi’s appearance at the filling station was hailed by the beneficiaries who recalled what he did for their unions during his first tenure.
Recalling some of the goodies enjoyed by the riders during his first term, Fayemi revealed that he procured 280 motorcycles, 500 tricycles for them and gave their union a brand new bus.
He added that his government which was in office between 2010 and 2014 gave the riders unions 150,000 monthly allowance for logistics and running of their office.
Fayemi also revealed that his first administration celebrated Okada Riders’ Day, for the first time in the state’s history an also
provided 3,000 free helmets for their use.
A beneficiary, Segun Fowobaje, hailed Fayemi for the free fuel supply which he said would add value to their business.
Another rider, Wale Esan, assured Fayemi of the votes of the riders describing him as the “true friend of the masses” saying his government did the best for them in the history of the state.
A security aide to the APC candidate, Deji Adesokan, who coordinated the scheme said the gesture was to identify with the riders as important stakeholders in the state.