Wole Balogun, Ado Ekiti
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has placed curses on any politician, including himself, who is planning to bring violence into the state and manipulate the July 14 governorship poll with the aim of robbing Ekiti people of not only their peace but also a free will to chose their next governor.
The governor said, “This state deserves peace, people of Ekiti deserves peace. anybody that brings violence to this state would come under the judgement of God. Anybody that attempt to manipulate this state would come under the judgement of God.
“We hand Ekiti over to God and we pray that anybody, including myself and any other politician that bring violence to this state would face the judgement of God, “he said.
Governor Fayose made the remarks while presenting the candidates of his party, Prof. Olusola Kolapo Eleka, and 39-year-old Kazeem Ayodeji Ogunsakin, deputy governorship candidate, to the Ewi of Ado, Oba Rufus Aladesanmi Adejugbe, monarch of Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, and most populous town in the state.
Fayose , on Monday night, handed the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s candidates to the Ewi-in-Council, body of traditional chiefs assisting the monarch, who in turn, presented them to the Ewi as tradition requires.
Governor Fayose also explained reasons why he threw his weight behind the Deputy Governorship candidacy 39-year-old Ogunsakin, stating that the fact that he came from Ado-Ekiti which gave him the largest votes in 2014, and also a Muslim representing the Muslim community and most importantly, that he is a young man who would represent the Not-too-Young to run ambition are considerations that informed the support.
“Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have supported Ogunsakin but for the fact that he has performed admirably well as Chairman of Ado Local Government Area and hails from the town, which gave me highest votes to re-elect me in 2014, and also the fact that he served well as Head of Due Process in my cabinet, and also that he is a Muslim who represents the interest of the hitherto neglected Muslim community in Ekiti and most importantly, I want to actualise the dream of our youths who have clamoured for concrete and active representation in government.
“I am not a kind of person who makes promise and not fulfill it. With 39-year old Ogunsakin, we have shown to the world that really want the youth to participate in government in support of the not too young to run law.”
Governor Fayose expressed confidence that the PDP candidates would get overwhelming support of the people of Ado-Ekiti where Ogunsakin hails from and Ikere-Ekiti, being the second largest in population to Ado-Ekiti in the state and where the governorship candidate, Prof. Olusola hails from.
He said, “I am a chief of the Ewi’s palace. Beyond that I am also the governor of the state. We have to do things properly and bring our deputy governorship candidate, 39-year old Kazeem Ayodeji Ogunsakin, who is an indigene of Ado Ekiti, and a Muslim from this community, to the Kabiyesi.
“If you look at the impact we have made in this palace you would know that they would forever remember us for our giants strides.
“Continuity is good for the state and for a professor who has made great impact for the state in education and also for Ogunsakin, they are a perfect combination to continue our good works and even do it better.”
Responding, the Ewi of Ado thanked Governor Fayose for the many capital projects he has put in place to beautify the capital city and prayed for him fervently.
The monarch who described Fayose as an uncommon man said he always pray to God to make his children have the kind of fortune that the heavens have bestowed on the governor.
Recalling that Olusola had worked assiduously to achieve success in the state education sector, the Ewi identified both Olusola and Ogunsakin as men of good nature, sound mind and well behaved.
His words, “Politics apart, if we examine our city, Ado Ekiti four years ago, we would all agree that Governor Fayose has performed very well. I have always pray to God that just as he has blessed Fayose with good fortunes, he should bless my children also. I also, pray for the well being of Fayose, his family and loved ones.
“He is God sent and has been delivering divine agenda in Ekiti. He has said God chose Olusola to succeed him and we accept it from him. We will continue to pray for Governor Fayose’s success.
“He will continue to excel and triumph over his enemies of his progress. You have done Ado Ekiti very well, Ado Ekiti will not forget you,” the monarch said.