As the race for the 2022 governorship poll gathers steam and momentum in Ekiti State, the Coordinator of Ekiti APC Youth for Continuity, Mr Alade Emmanuel, has assured that Governor Kayode Fayemi will support every legitimate process that will guarantee free, fair and hitch-free primary in the All Progressives Congress.
The Coordinator stoutly dispelled the rumour milling rounds that Governor Kayode Fayemi and his highly resourceful wife, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, were plotting to impose a candidate, by muzzling and arm-twisting other interested aspirants.
Emmanuel hinted that Fayemi is a strong advocate and believer in justice, fair play and the rule of law and won’t take any step that would muzzle anyone or poses in manners that would circumvent or shortcircuit the laid down standards set by APC.
The group Coordinator said this in Ado-Ekiti, on Wednesday while interacting with newsmen on the 2022 governorship and the attendant high-wired politicking that are currently generating waves in the party.
Emmanuel clarified that imposition will never be part of the games in APC, as the party is resolute about breaking the jinx of succession and give Ekiti the best candidate that will surpass Governor Fayemi’s achievements in all spheres.
” This I can assure Ekiti citizens and even the greatest skeptics, that whatever action that will be taken by APC under Governor Fayemi’s leadership will be a product of very extensive and engaging consultations with stakeholders and what resolve in what we believe is in the best interest of Ekiti populace.
“Imposition, arm-twisting, alienation, muscle-flexing, browbeating and muzzling will never be part of the games, because Governor Fayemi himself is a product of the rule of law and will never betray the trust reposed in him,” he said.
On the party’s chances, Emmanuel stated that the impending gubernatorial battle is already half-won, taking cognisance of the superlative performance of Governor Kayode in the face of the paltry funds accruing into the state’s coffers externally and internally.
“APC is a party with a strong will to contest elections. In July 14, 2018, the party fought hard and won Ekiti governorship in spite of the unnecessarily amplified braggadocio of the then State’s Chief executive and we are coming with the same unflagging spirit this time to deliver for Ekiti.
“Governor Kayode Fayemi has made huge positive impacts in the area of education, even the National Association of Nigerian Students recently went round the schools in Ekiti and applauded the level of infrastructure in place and branded it a model for other states.
“The cumulative effects of what the state government and the office of the first lady are doing in terms of human capital development and poverty eradication is stunning.
“Agriculture is fast being commercialised with partnership with JMK, Stallion group and Dangote company in the area of mass rice production. Youth are now seeing farming as being dignified in Ekiti.
“Tree and crop seedlings running into millions are being distributed to farmers free. Salaries and pensions are paid regularly. Security is being accorded priority with the procurement of a drone against all odds that will be shipped to Ekiti soon, to checkmate forest- bond kidnappers and other marauding bandits.
“The State Civic centre that will serve as a rendezvous for youth to exchange progressive ideas, the ongoing IPP power plant, the Ero, Egbe and Ureje dams turn around maintenance and water reticulation to about nine local governments and road infrastructure across the three Senatorial districts are areas that the current government has done exceedingly well.
“Apart from these astounding and superlative performances, the APC is united and solid on ground. We control the executive arm, the State and National Assembly, the 16 local governments and virtually all the political structures are in our kitty. These we will deploy legitimately to give our party a resounding victory .
“So, no cause for alarm. The APC primary will be a microcosm that would be acceptable to all tendencies and we will win the June 18,2022 poll through thorough engagements of the services of all stakeholders and mobilisation of the generality of Ekiti voters for our party,” Emmanuel said.