Ex-works minister, Adeyeye declares for Ekiti governorship
Says PDP leadership will conduct free, fair primaries
Former Minister of Works, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, yesterday declared his governorship ambition in Ekiti State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
His declaration, which witnessed a huge crowd of supporters across the 16 local councils of the state, started like a protest march at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) along Iworoko Road.
The participants walked through Adebayo to Ijigbo and converged in front of the Prince Adedayo Adeyeye campaign headquarters in Ajilosun area of the state capital.
The police deployed Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and stern looking operatives to prevent break down of law and order.
Addressing his supporters, Adeyeye said Ayodele Fayose was privileged to be governor and as such he should stop playing God on the issue of Ekiti governorship election.
He said attempts by Fayose to muzzle all the aspirants vying for the governorship position on the platform of the PDP with the exception of the deputy governor and his preferred candidate, Professor Kolapo Olusola, would be resisted.
Adeyeye is challenging Olusola, whom Fayose had earlier been endorsed as sole candidate of the party, saying he would fight hard to prevent the governor from imposing his surrogate on the people.
His words: “I have confidence in the Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) to conduct a free, fair and credible poll in Ekiti.
“I served the PDP as the National Publicity Secretary of the Caretaker Committee for 18 months and we conducted a credible convention that brought the new executives.
“I believe that they will not pander to the bidding of Governor Fayose, who has turned himself into a thin god.
“I will defeat Fayose’s candidate in a free and fair primary. I will use myself to lay a foundation that you can emerge the flag bearer of a party even without governor’s support, because nobody can play God. It is God that anoints.”
“But anything outside a credible primary to field a strong candidate like me, then it means the party has shortchanged itself in Ekiti in the July 14 governorship election.”
Adeyeye promised to work hard to make Ekiti the hub of higher education in the country and invest heavily in rice and cocoa production to boost the state economy.
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