Ekiti Guber: Reject PDP, APC- Labour Party candidate tells Ekiti
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Former Deputy Governor and Labour Party, LP, governorship candidate for the July 14 election in Ekiti state, Dr Sikiru Tae Lawal, has urged the electorate to reject the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the polls, describing members of both parties as bunch of “betrayers”.
Lawal said the two parties have betrayed Ado-Ekiti people by their refusal to pick their governorship candidates from the town, regarded as the most populated in the State.
The Ado-Ekiti-born politician said he would invest heavily in commercial Agriculture, Wealth Creation, Economic Rebirth and Healthcare services to make Ekiti one of the best economies in Nigeria, if elected governor.
Lawal, who spoke on Wednesday at the palace of Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Adeyemo Adejugbe during a courtesy call on the monarch, said Ekiti people have no reason to vote for both PDP and APC in the election, having allegedly betrayed the confidence reposed on them by the electorate.
The former number-two man added that the two parties have produced governors in the past and present, and alleged that none of them made any remarkable mark that could justify being elected again on July 14.
Lawal advised the populace to embrace change in the next election, the way Ondo did in 2007, when they elected former Governor Olusegun Mimiko on the platform of LP.
He said, “Ado-Ekiti people are peaceful and contented people. They have not produced the governor 22 years after Ekiti was created from the old Ondo State.
“This didn’t happen in Oyo State, Ibadan had always been dominating the politics in that state because of its numerical strength and Ado Ekiti enjoyed same here in Ekiti, it has the highest population.
“The expectation has been that the APC and PDP would pick their candidates from Ado Ekiti, because I contested in PDP and Senator Babafemi Ojudu, who is also from the town was an aspirant in APC.
“But you could see how they betrayed the people with the way they manipulated their primaries. I see no reason why towns that had not achieved full ward statuses could produce governor while Ado-Ekiti with 13 wards was being deprived.
“I have the experience on my side, I retired as a Director in the State Ministry of Education, I was appointed a Sole Administration of Ikere Council while in the service under Military and later a Deputy Governor.
“I have the experience and the only strategy Ado people can realize their ambition of producing a governor is to vote for me on July 14.”
On the agitation by Muslims in Ekiti that it is their turn to produce the governor, Lawal said: “This is not about religion. I am a Muslim, but my wife is a Christian. This is about getting someone who can do it well.”
The monarch praised Lawal’s doggedness in contesting for governorship, saying he shouldn’t fail the people if given the opportunity to serve.