The candidate of the Labour Party in Ekiti State, Sikiru Lawal, on Wednesday flagged off his governorship campaign with a vow to pay eight months salary arrears of state workers if voted into office.
Mr Lawal, a former deputy governor in the state, also urged the electorate to use the July 14 election to create a revolution by voting for the right candidate.
He was first received in Ikere Ekiti by party supporters, who followed him to Ado Ekiti for the campaign.
According to him, his manifesto centred on agriculture, women empowerment, economic empowerment and human capital development.
He said the manifesto was designed to redirect the state’s economy, for better prospects and a higher standard of living for the populace.
Mr Lawal promised to bring his experience as a retired director from the Ekiti State Ministry of Education and Technology to bear in his administration.
“I served as a Deputy Governor to Engr. Segun Oni. I was once a local government Administrator under the military regime. All these will be added advantage in delivering Ekiti from poverty and unwarranted sufferings,” he said.
“The level of unemployment is becoming embarrassing. Recently, the leadership of commercial motorcyclists revealed that over 5,000 Okada riders in Ekiti are graduates, that was not a cheery news. Ekiti became a respected state in Nigeria because of our erudition and academic prowess, I will strive hard to make Ekiti great in education by providing impetus for youth by way of employment provisions.”
Mr Lawal urged the electorate not to ”misuse their votes”.
“Education is a right and not a privilege,” he said “We shall work hard to set up robust scholarship scheme to help those in the Law School and those running PhD and Masters programmes, for us to reclaim our glory and live up to the acronym Fountain of Knowledge.”