The governorship candidates of the People’s Party of Nigeria (PPN) and the Labour Party (LP), Dare Bejide and Sikiru Lawal respectively, have called on voters in Ekiti State to reject the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress, saying they are undemocratic and oppressive.
The candidates who spoke at separate campaign rallies on Thursday said the two leading parties have been tested but failed Nigerians.
Mr Bejide, a former Nigerian ambassador, described the PDP as oppressive” and the APC as “illiberal.”
According to him, given the failure of both parties, the PPN offers a credible alternative to make life better for Ekiti people.
He said he represented the third force Ekiti people had been waiting for to move the state forward. He said he has the required experience, exposure and compassion to offer a new style of leadership.
Mr Bejide, who kickstarted his campaign in his hometown, Ilawe-Ekiti, was also presented with the party’s flag by its national chairman.
“My dream is therefore to reduce poverty by promoting economic development through job creation and also create an enabling environment for all Ekiti people to contribute to the development of the state,” he said.
“We cannot achieve this goal with the present acrimonious posture of the present government. The purpose of government is the welfare and the security of the people.
“A government that cannot perform the basic duty of paying the salary of its workers has no basis to remain in power.”
His LP counterpart, Mr Lawal, also alleged the failure of the APC and the PDP, describing the members as “bunch of betrayers.”
The former deputy governor said the two parties had 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.
“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,” Mr Lawal said.
“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”.